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Beechcraft sells two T-6C-Plus trainers to Mexico

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 10:57 a.m.

Beechcraft Corp. has received an initial order for two T-6C-Plus military trainers to be used by the Mexican Navy, the company said Tuesday.

Deliveries are scheduled for this summer.

The purchase is the first step in modernizing the Mexican Navy’s fixed-wing aviation fleet, the company said.

It follows the recent expansion of the Mexican Air Force training fleet to include 12 T-6C-Plus aircraft.

Beechcraft’s Global Mission Support organization is working on a second contract with the Mexican Navy Secretaria de Marina that is expected to include two years of parts support, pilot training and mechanics along with the placement of Field Service Representatives who will provide technical expertise and training to maintenance personnel.

“We are pleased to expand the reach of the T-6C-Plus to a second military fleet customer n Mexico with this initial order from the Mexican Navy,” Russ Bartlett, senior vice president of Beechcraft’s Defense business, said in a statement.

The T-6C-Plus turboprop features a hard-point wing, heads-up display, up-front control panel, an integrated glass cockpit and an advanced avionics suite.

To date, Beechcraft has delivered more than 825 T-6 trainers.

Beechcraft is part of Textron Aviation, a segment of Textron, which bought the company this month.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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