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Mexican navy orders two Beechcraft T-6 trainers

Mexico is expanding its fleet of Beechcraft T-6C Texan trainers with a new order for two aircraft by the nation's navy, the company says.

The aircraft, designated T-6C+ models, will be delivered "this summer", Beechcraft says.

Beechcraft, a division of Textron, says it is also working on a contract to provide two years of parts support, pilot and mechanic training and field support to the Mexican navy.

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The aircraft will have glass cockpits with Esterline CMC Cockpit 4000 avionics, which include flight management systems and a global positioning system certificated by the US Federal Aviation Administration, says Beechcraft.

The Mexican air force already has six T-6s, and has placed an order for an additional six aircraft, according to Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database.

The announcement comes two months after news broke that New Zealand will buy 11 T-6Cs in a $127 million deal that includes simulators, classroom- and computer-based training equipment and other training and maintenance support.

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