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North Macedonia trains Bulgarian, Polish military pilots

20 September 2019
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North Macedonia’s Pilot Training Center (PTC) will train almost 60 Polish and 30 Bulgarian military pilots over the coming weeks, Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska announced during a visit to the facility on 13 September.

The PTC was established to train military and police helicopter pilots under a USD43 million agreement between the Macedonian Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Elbit Systems in May 2011.

Located at Petrovec airbase, near Skopje, the PTC operates five Zlin 242L single-engine training aircraft, four Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III helicopters, and two Mi-8/17/171 and Mi-24 full mission simulators from Elbit Systems’ Romanian subsidiary, Simultec.

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