Mexican Navy Places Initial Order for Beechcraft T-6C+ Trainers
Beechcraft Corporation, part of the Textron Aviation segment of Textron
Inc., announced today it has received an initial order from the Mexican
Navy Secretaría de Marina (SEMAR) for two T-6C+ military trainers.
This purchase represents the first step in modernizing the Mexican Navy’s
fixed-wing aviation fleet and follows a recent expansion of the Mexican
Air Force training fleet to include 12 T-6C+ aircraft. The Navy trainers
are scheduled for delivery in the summer of 2014.
T-6C Texan II Military Trainer. Picture: Beechcraft
addition to the aircraft, Beechcraft’s Global Mission Support
organization is working on a second contract with SEMAR that is expected
to include two years of parts support, training for pilots and mechanics,
and 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+ to a second military fleet customer
in Mexico with this initial order from the Mexican Navy,” said
Russ Bartlett, senior vice president, Defense. “SEMAR not only
recognizes the value of a proven, reliable airframe with the T-6C+ in
standing up its new training capability, but this selection also acknowledges
the significant benefits our Global Mission Support team offers in providing
on-the-ground service, support and training for the fielded aircraft.”
The T-6C+ features a hard-point wing, Heads-Up Display, Up-Front Control
Panel, an integrated glass cockpit and an advanced Esterline CMC Cockpit
4000 avionics suite that greatly expands advanced training opportunities.
The systems are integrated with a Hands-On Throttle and Stick (HOTAS),
providing the student pilot and instructor with a simpler interface
to the digital cockpit. The CMC Cockpit 4000 avionics suite is the first
in its class to incorporate a fully integrated and FAA-certified dual
FMS/GPS navigation suite that meets the required navigation performance
standards for current worldwide airspace equipment. The open architecture
design of the Cockpit 4000 provides the flexibility to expand capabilities
and continuously meet current and future training needs.
In addition to accommodating instruction in instrument flight procedures
and basic aerial maneuvers, the T-6 delivers world-class training capability
that is appropriate for teaching the most basic introductory flight
training tasks through the more challenging and complex advanced training
missions that could previously be accomplished only in far more expensive
jet aircraft. The T-6 has been used to train pilots, navigators, and
weapons systems operators from more than 20 countries around the world.
To date, Beechcraft has delivered more than 825 T-6 trainers, which
have amassed more than 2.2 million flight hours.