Production AT-6 Flies, Launch Order On Horizon

By Graham Warwick
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

Availability of the aircraft will also allow training for a launch customer to start almost immediately after contract signature, he says.

The first production AT-6 is in the same exportable configuration as the second test aircraft. The first test aircraft remains in the higher specification intended for sale to the U.S. government.

The AT-6 is powered by an uprated Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-68D turboprop, modified CMC Esterline Cockpit 4000, a derivative of Lockheed Martin’s mission system for the A-10C and an L-3 Wescam MX-15Di electro-optical/infrared sensor.

Beechcraft lost to Sierra Nevada and the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano for the U.S. Air Force Light Air Support contract to supply 20 aircraft to Afghanistan. But there have been moves in Congress to kill funding for the program.

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