The French Air Force (FAF) has received its first two PC-21 training aircraft, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), France's defence procurement agency, announced on 31 August. The advanced trainers arrived at the FAF's fighter training school in Cognac on 30 August for checks, the DGA said.
The agency described the delivery as an important step in the plan to revamp French fighter aircrew training and introduce new training methods for pilots and weapons service operators.
Under a contract signed with the DGA in December 2016, Babcock Mission Critical Services France, with Pilatus as a subcontractor, will provide a fleet of 17 PC-21s, two full mission and three training simulators, mission preparation systems, and support and associated infrastructure for eight years. Delivery is scheduled to be completed in 2019 and training in the middle of that year.
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