The first of 10 Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainer aircraft to be operated under the UK Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS) programme have been delivered to Royal Air Force (RAF) Valley on Anglesey.
The first two aircraft were received on 16 February, from where they will be used to deliver the Basic Flying Training phase of the Fixed-Wing portion of the UKMFTS for RAF and Royal Navy pilots from 2019 through to 2033.
Affinity Flying Services Limited – a 50/50 joint venture of Elbit Systems UK and Kellogg Brown and Root Limited – secured a GBP500 million (then USD721 million) contract in February 2016 to provide the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and its Ascent Flight Training partner with the Fixed-Wing portion of the UKMFTS programme.
The Texan II will form the second in a three-node training system that will have students perform their primary flight training on Grob 120TP Prefect piston-engined platform before progressing onto the Texan II and then the BAE Systems Hawk T2.
With no twin-seat version of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II and the twin-seat Eurofighter Typhoon T3s retired, fast jet students will follow their UKMFTS training syllabus with a mixture of real-world flying on other types and synthetic training on their intended platforms before joining an operational unit.
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