Raytheon Aircraft is hoping to demonstrate the new T-6A Texan II production prototype at the Farnborough air show in September following a successful 108min maiden flight on 15 July. The company is hoping to use the show to boost exports after Bombardier's recent decision to become its first foreign customer by acquiring 24 of the aircraft for a pilot training centre in Canada. A second prototype, a modified version of the Pilatus PC-9 trainer, is about to be completed as the company gears up to deliver the first of 23 aircraft bound for the US Air Force next year. The Pentagon has signed a contract for 47 aircraft, worth $362 million. The USAF may purchase 770 Texan IIs.

Source: Flight International