Textron Aviation’s Beechcraft has received an US$88.2 million contract to supply the Argentina Air Force with T-6 aircraft. The U.S. Air Force contract calls for Beechcraft to supply four T-6C airplanes as well as maintenance, pilot training and interim contractor support for maintenance.
The US Department of Defense said the T-6 trainers along with supplies and services to support a training aircraft replacement effort as well as surveillance and border security missions of the Argentine air force.
Argentina intends to procure 24 T-6C+ units and support services from the U.S. government under a US$ 300 million FMS agreement the State Department approved last year.
Beechcraft’s T-6C system is designed to help military pilots prepare for real-world missions and consists of training courseware, media-integrated lectures and computer-based training and management systems.
Work under the sole-source contract will occur in Wichita, Kansas, through April 30, 2018. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center in Ohio is the contracting activity.
The order is likely a welcome one for Textron Aviation, which has seen demand for the T-6 wane after it completed its deliveries last June of the military airplane to the Navy and Air Force under the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System program.
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The Inca were fighters, their army was very effective against their neighbours who had a similar level of technology. It just wasn't effective at all against the Spanish who had steel weapons and armour, and horses.Apr 28th, 2017 - 09:59 am +2
Judging from the number of empires that have existed in the past, most people are NOT willing to do what it takes, they would rather get on with their lives even if ruled from some distant capital. And resistance does not always work anyway, if you're truly a murderous savage then you just kill all the people who resist.
Trollboy, your idea of warfare is way off. We spent centuries fighting regular wars against France, and both countries are still around. Britain has lost plenty of wars and wasn't destroyed, and we won plenty that didn't destroy the other side either. Or look at your own history. You won a war against Spain and it wasn't kill or be killed, it was independence or not. You fought one against Brazil over Uruguay and it ended in a compromise and Uruguay becoming independent, but neither country was ever trying to destroy the other. And Argentina continued on just fine after the Falklands war, despite losing.
The only accurate thing you've said is this: But the Falklands and Israel have very different realities from Argentina.
This is true. Argentina could afford to abolish its army and would most likely be fine. If Israel abolished its army it would cease to exist tomorrow, and almost certainly a lot of its citizens would be killed and the rest would have to flee. If the British army left the Falklands... well, it would depend on who you elected and how things were going at home, I think.
It's a training aircraft Toby, for novices...Apr 27th, 2017 - 12:26 pm +1
Fit for the purpose, would you rather have nothing to train young pilots...?
Let's get serious. You have NOT seen 3d graders do anything of the sort.Apr 27th, 2017 - 06:04 pm +1
If you want an air force than you have to train pilots. This is an ab initio trainer with some capacity for anti-insurgent strikes.
The qualified pilots can then go on to multi engine transports or jet fighter/strike aircraft if you have any.
Any country without the means of self defence is an open target. That is why some sort of military capability is required.