Pilatus receives follow-on PC-21 trainer order from Swiss air force

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Pilatus will deliver two more PC-21 turboprop trainers to the Swiss air force under a deal signed on 17 December worth SFr30 million ($31.2 million).

The follow-on order will increase the Swiss air force's PC-21 fleet to eight aircraft after the latest two are delivered in the first half of 2012, Pilatus says. The type is used to prepare pilots to fly the Boeing F/A-18C Hornet fighter.

The PC-21 jet pilot training system also includes logistics and engineering services and a debriefing system.

Also sold to the United Arab Emirates air force, the PC-21 training system "is creating a stir," says Oscar Schwenk, chief executive of Pilatus. The UAE will receive its first of 25 examples next year. Nineteen more have already been delivered for use by the Republic of Singapore Air Force.

 
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The Swiss air force also flies the Pilatus PC-7 and PC-9 basic trainers.

For more details of the Swiss air force fleet, download Flightglobal's World Air Forces directory