Procurement: Pilatus In The Persian Gulf

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November 21, 2009:  The UAE (United Arab Emirates) is buying 25 PC-21 turboprop trainer aircraft, for about $21 million each. The PC-21 has a pressurized cockpit with a bubble canopy, and a modern "glass" cockpit. The aircraft can pull 8 Gs while maneuvering. There are five hard-points, enabling the aircraft to carry a ton of bombs and missiles. The PC-21 cruises at 660 kilometers an hour and has a max speed of 720 kilometers an hour. Max altitude is 12,000 meters (38,000 feet). The Swiss firm Pilatus will begin deliveries of the PC-21 to the UAE in two years.

 

 


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