T-6B Texan II training aircraft

Sikorsky Aircraft has been awarded a contract to provide maintenance and aftermarket support services for more than 360 US Navy pilot training aircraft.

Under the terms of the $110m contract, the company will provide programme and material management, scheduled inspections, depot level maintenance, required repairs, modifications and logistical support for Naval Air Training Command’s undergraduate missions.

Specifically, the company will support and maintain the single-engine Beechcraft-built T-34 Mentor, the twin-engine Beechcraft King Air T-44A and T-44C Pegasus, as well as the single-engine T-6A and T-6B Texan II military trainer aircraft operated by the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA).

"From 2006 to January 2013, our outstanding workforce delivered exceptional performance, meeting the Navy’s stringent requirements."

Sikorsky defense systems and services business aircraft and support vice-president George Mitchell said: "Winning this contract again speaks to our ability to provide world-class aviation support, not only to our rotary-wing platforms but to the US military’s multiple fixed-wing fleets.

"From 2006 to January 2013, our outstanding workforce delivered exceptional performance, meeting the Navy’s stringent requirements. In fact, for the last year aircraft availability exceeded our contractual specifications."

Performed at the naval air station Corpus Christi, Texas, the naval air stations in Pensacola and Whiting Field, both in Florida, US, and seven key satellite locations across the continental US, the work is expected to be completed in October.

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The contract was awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), based at the naval air station in Patuxent River, Maryland, US.

Image: US Navy T-6B Texan II training aircraft based at NAS Pensacola, US. Photo: courtesy of Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ty C. Connors.

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