Warplanes: T-6 Heads For The Argentine

Archives

September 4, 2016: Argentina has ordered 24 U.S. made T-6C+ trainer aircraft. This will cost $300 million and includes training (mainly for maintainers), some spare parts and support equipment. In addition to training pilots the Argentinian T-6C+s will also be used for border patrol and other para-military missions.

The T-6 is already the standard trainer for the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, Canada, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Israel, Mexico, and Morocco. The T-6A replaced the T-37B and is based on the very popular Pilatus PC-9, which already had an excellent reputation as a trainer aircraft. A single engine prop driven aircraft, the T-6A reduces fuel costs (versus the jet powered T-37B) by over 60 percent. The three ton T-6As cost about $8 million each just for the aircraft.

The T-6B model is the standard trainer for the U.S. Navy and contains a digital cockpit and a head-up display. This makes it easier to use this version as a light bomber. The T-6C is a T-6A modified so it could carry an external fuel tank up to half a ton of special sensor pods or even weapons. The T-6C+ is a T-6C with more advanced avionics. Nearly 900 T-6s have been built or ordered since the aircraft entered service in 2001.

 


Article Archive

Warplanes: Current 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad

Help Keep Us Flying!

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close