Pilatus Ends Year Strong With New Additions to Their Order Books
In recent news Pilatus Aircraft, Ltd has added 3 newer additions to their order book to end the 2016 year. Resulting in accumulating their order book to a total 21 with orders to the French Air Force, The Royal Jordanian Air Force, and to a British Empire Test Pilots School named QinetiQ. The entire 21 orders are approximated to be worth up to 300 million Swiss francs ($295,526,468.09 US). Experts ensure that the production will create and maintain jobs in Stan’s, Switzerland.
The French Air Force one of the most decorated air forces in the world signed for the acceptance of 17 PC-21s late 2016. The reason for the purchase of the aircrafts was to enhance their fleets into more modern aircrafts and for training. The new fleet will be used for the training of future military pilots that seek to be transferred from the Alpha Jet to the Dassault Rafale, a French twin engine that was built by Dassault Aviation. “In addition to the Swiss Air Force, France is now the second European nation to opt for the PC-21 as part of the world's most advanced, most efficient integrated training system.”
The QinetiQ the British "Empire Test Pilots' School (ETPS)” will also be using their two purchased PC-21s for training as well. Creating a training center for incoming flight test engineers for customer from the UK. and testing pilots. The Royal Jordanian Air Force reevaluated their purchase order from the previous PC-9 M model to the current PC-21 due to some slight concerns. The change was due to “unforeseen issues with their lead a fighter Trainer (LIFT) platform.” The Jordanian Air Force also added two PC-21s to their order book two make it a total of ten aircrafts to delivered commencing mid-2017.
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