Hawker Beechcraft has delivered 12 of the 24 T-6C turboprop trainers on order for the Royal Moroccan Air Force, the company has announced.

Morocco will use its new trainers to replace legacy fleets of Beech T-34s and Cessna T-37s. It ordered the type in September 2009, shortly before also signing a deal to acquire 24 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighters. The nation was the first international buyer for the T-6C, which is the export version of the US military's T-6B Texan II primary trainer.

"The new T-6Cs will greatly improve the level and effectiveness of the Royal Moroccan Air Force's training," said Jim Maslowski, Hawker Beechcraft's president, US and international government business. "They replicate systems and capabilities consistent with modern frontline strike fighter aircraft and are more economical to operate than the previous generation of trainers."

T-6C Morocco - Hawker Beechcraft 
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The manufacturer ferried a first batch of four T-6Cs to Morocco from its Wichita production site in Kansas in January 2011.

Source: Flight International