RAAF A54 Pilatus PC-21
Project AIR 5428 Australian Defence Force Pilot Training System
Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews MP announced on 06/09/2015 that the consortium of Lockheed Martin, Pilatus and Hawker Pacific was the winning tender.
Acquisition and services contracts worth $1.2
billion were signed on 04/12/2015 by Air Vice-Marshal Leigh
Gordon, AM, CSM and Lockheed Martin Australia.
The consortium is known as "Team 21"
Of the new PC-21s
twenty two will be based at No.1 Flying Training School (1FTS)
at East Sale, Victoria.
Lockheed Martin will manage the training
project, Pilatus will provide the
aircraft and through-life support and Hawker
Pacific will provide maintenance services and
The unsuccessful tender was from a consortium of BAE Systems, CAE
Australia and Beechcraft offering the PC-21 based Beech
From Erik-Jan Engelen; In early April 2016, I saw two primer PC-21s in the final assembly hall at Buochs (Switzerland) with c/n 234 and 235. On 30 April 2016, also c/n 236 and 237 were present and paperwork attached to c/n 236 identified it as a RAAF aircraft. Given the current order book it is believed that all four are for Australia and since c/n 233 was the last aircraft delivered to Qatar most likely c/n 234 will become A51-001
Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG is located in Sans, Switzerland. It is on the edge of the Buochs Airport. The two locations are essentially the same place.
A 2015 artist's
impression of the PC-21 in Roulettes scheme.
The Author of this page is Martin Edwards
Emails; Erik-Jan Engelen, Stephan Widmer
Updated 24th March 2017
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