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Beechcraft has delivered two T-6C+ military trainers, in addition to a new King Air 350ER aircraft, to the Mexican Navy Secretaría de Marina (SEMAR).

The latest aircraft delivery is the second of four ordered as part of the navy’s fixed-wing aircraft modernisation programme.

Beechcraft Defense president Russ Bartlett said: "Being chosen by the Mexican Navy for this modernisation programme shows a superior level of confidence, not only in Beechcraft products to fill its mission requirements, but in the product support we’ll provide as part of the agreement.

"This is a great example of how militaries around the globe can take advantage of the broad product range and support that Textron Aviation can provide to meet different requirements."

The Mexican Navy received the first King Air 350ER a few months ago, with the remaining aircraft to be delivered early next year.

"The T-6C+ trainers include a hard-point wing, heads-up display, up-front control panel and an integrated glass cockpit."

Beechcraft will also offer parts support, as well as training for pilots and mechanics.

The T-6C+ trainers include a hard-point wing, heads-up display, up-front control panel and an integrated glass cockpit, in addition to an advanced Esterline CMC Cockpit 4000 avionics suite, which is incorporated with a hands-on throttle and stick (HOTAS) that provides a simpler interface to the digital cockpit for the student pilot and instructor.

The open architecture design of the Cockpit 4000 will allow capabilities to be expanded and comply with existing and future training requirements.

King Air turboprops are deployed in all of the US military units and serve several missions, from conventional passenger and cargo transport to electronic and imagery surveillance, air ambulance, airway calibration, photographic mapping, training and weather modification.

Image: Beechcraft and Mexican Navy officials during the aircraft and trainer delivery. Photo: courtesy of the Beechcraft Corporation.

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