Raytheon is dispatching the T-6B Texan trainer on a world tour of at least 11 nations later this year. The aircraft, which made its public debut at Farnborough 2004, is a standard T-6A modified with the CMC Electronics FV-4000 digital cockpit. Military customers have the option of adding six wing-mounted weapon hardpoints developed for the Greek air force. The maximum load for the light-attack version could include a mix of external weapons tanks and rocket pods or Mk82 225kg (500lb) unguided bombs. Each wing can carry weapon and fuel stores weighing up to 680kg. Raytheon is working on plans to certificate the new avionics suite, which includes a head-up display and constantly updating targeting systems.

Source: Flight International