Pilatus Aircraft has gained an order from the Royal Jordanian Air Force for nine PC-9M turboprop trainers. The company announced the contract on August 10. The deal also includes a simulator, training equipment and a comprehensive logistics support package.
The Swiss manufacturer said it had won the order after several years of hard negotiations, from which the PC-9M finally emerged as the winning contender. Deliveries of the RJAF PC-9Ms will begin in January 2017. The type will form the backbone of the training programme for RJAF pilots that will go on to fly the latest military jet fighters. The RJAF will use the PC-9Ms for both basic and advanced pilot training.
RJAF pilot training is currently undetaken at the King Hussein Air College at Al Mafraq. Slingsby T-67M-260 Fireflies operated by 4 Squadron at the College carry out initial basic training. Pilots then progress onto the CASA C101CC Aviojets of 11 Squadron. Alan Warnes