Following a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) by the T-6TH acceptance committee led by Gen. Chanon Mongthanya recently, The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF)T-^ is expecting to receive twelve Beechcraft T-6TH Texan II trainer aircraft between late 2022 to early 2023.
In 2020, RTAF awarded a USD162 million contract to Textron Aviation Defense for twelve T-6TH aircraft complete with training, maintenance, spare parts, and other support. Developed from the company’s T-6C variant, the T-6TH will form the backbone of RTAF’s pilot training program and will replace RTAF’s Pilatus PC-9 trainers that have been in service since the early 1990s.
Powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turboprop capable of delivering 1,100 shp (820 kW) power, and driving a four-bladed propeller, the T-6TH has a “never exceed speed” of 586 km/h, a cruise speed of 510 km/h, 31,000 ft (9,400 m) service ceiling, and a maximum range of around 1,700 km. The aircraft has a dimension of 10.16 meters, a 10.19 meters wingspan, and a height of 3.25 meters.
The plane has an empty weight of about 2,135 kg, with a maximum take-off weight of around 2,948 kg.
Aside from the trainer aircraft, the RTAF is also expecting a delivery of eight AT-6E Wolverine light attack aircraft – developed from the T-6 Texan II platform – from a different contract sometime in 2024.
Over 850 T-6 aircraft from all variants have been produced since its introduction in 1998.
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