Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand and Pilatus Aircraft have completed the initial production test flight of the first Pilatus Aircraft PC-21 training aircraft destined for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

An initial seven-year program contract valued at AUD1.2 billion was awarded by Australia December 2015 to purchase 49 aircraft to meet the requirements of project AIR 5428. This first PC-21 aircraft will be handed over to the RAAF in June 2017 after completion of testing and verification work.

Under the prime contract, Lockheed Martin will provide overall project management for the pilot training system and deliver a family of integrated ground-based training technologies. Pilatus Aircraft will provide PC-21 turboprop training aircraft and through-life engineering and airworthiness support. Hawker Pacific will provide maintenance services and fleet support.

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