The Chilean Air Force has received authorisation to start the selection of a new primary and basic training aircraft, Defence Undersecretary Cristian de la Maza confirmed last week. 40 new trainers, fitted with digital instruments and a 'glass' cockpit, will be ordered.
The new trainers will start replacing around 30 ENAER T-35 Pillans between 2024 and 2025, military sources in Santiago told Jane's . Introduced in 1985, the piston-driven T-35s are approaching the end of their service lives and will be retired between 2020 and 2028.
Undersecretary de la Maza said that the state-owned aerospace firm ENAER is expected to play a central role in the project.
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