Raytheon Aircraft has been awarded its largest military contract ever – a one-year contract with four one-year options for the production of more than 230 T-6A Texan II aircraft, associated ground-based training devices and technical support.
The one-year contract for 40 aircraft is valued at $193 million and when all options are exercised the total potential value will be approximately $1.22 billion.
The Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) program calls for nearly 800 aircraft through to 2017. To date, the US Air Force and US Navy have ordered 168 aircraft.
This most recent contract, with options, covers the production of an additional 234 aircraft and ground-based training devices through to the years 2002-2006, with deliveries beginning in 2004. The total value of the acquisition program to date, including options, is $2.1 billion.
The US Air Force began training pilots in the T-6A at Moody Air Force Base in October. In addition, the NATO Flying Training in Canada program purchased 24 T-6As and has been training pilots with the T-6A for more than a year. The Hellenic Air Force of Greece ordered 45 aircraft, of which 17 have been delivered.