Pilatus PC-21 for the Royal Saudi Air Force
Pilatus Aircraft has recorded the biggest ever order in its history: A contract has been signed with BAE Systems to supply the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) with a fleet of 55 Pilatus PC-21 turboprop aircraft.
The deal includes an integrated ground based training system and a comprehensive logistics support package.
Following agreement between the Governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, under the Saudi British Defence Cooperation Programme (SBDCP), deliveries of the aircraft, ground based training systems and the logistics support package are scheduled to commence in 2014.
The aircraft will provide basic flying training in Riyadh to the RSAF and will replace the PC-9 with the state of the art PC-21 platform in the shortest possible time.
After Switzerland, Singapore and the UAE, Saudi Arabia is now the fourth country to procure the PC-21 aircraft. This is in line with today’s changing training philosophies which are required for advanced operational aircraft now coming into service with major air forces around the world.