Argentina will buy single-engine turboprop trainer aircraft Beechcraft T-6C+ Texan II. This becomes clear from a message of the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency released on August 3, 2016.
The deal will be for 24 aircraft and is valued at approximately $300 million. Besides the aircraft in the deal are also included spare parts, logistics, ground equipment, training and other related goods and services.
Currently, Argentine Air Force is training its military pilots on propeller-driven trainers EMB-312 Tucano and the jet aircraft for advanced training IA 63 Pampa. T-6C has the potential to replace the both types.
The purchase is part of the measures that Argentina takes to update its military aviation. In 2013, the country began to receive trainers for initial training Grob G 120TP and already has 10 such aircraft.
T-6 Texan II is in service in nine countries, version C+ is the latest that has the ability to be used in the role of a light strike aircraft.