Spain has contracted Pilatus to deliver 24 PC-21 turboprop trainer aircraft to replace the air force’s ageing Casa 101s.
The contract, announced by the Swiss manufacturer on 31 January, will see the twin-seat single-engined aircraft replace the Ejército del Aire’s C-101 jets that have been in service since 1980.
According to Pilatus, the deal is worth in excess of EUR200 million (USD221 million) and includes simulators, spares, and logistical support. Deliveries are expected to commence in the coming months, with pilot training set to begin in 2021.
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