Military Capabilities

North Macedonia trains Bulgarian, Polish military pilots

20 September 2019

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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