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Pilatus Pc-21 Military Trainer Aircraft

The Swiss made Pilatus PC-21 is a turboprop advanced tandem cockpit trainer which entered service with the Swiss Air Force in April 2008 to fill the gap left following the retirement of it's BAe Hawks five years earlier. Other Pilatus PC-21 operators include the air-forces of Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia who have ordered the l55 Pilatus PC-21 aircraft. The Pilatus PC-21has been provided with weapon hard-points to facilitate it's use in a counter-insurgency role if required.

Pilatus Pc-21 Military Trainer Plane

 
Pilatus PC-21 Specifications:
    • Crew: Student pilot & instructor)
    • Length: 11.233 m (36 ft 11 in)
    • Wingspan: 9.108 m (29 ft 11 in)
    • Height: 3.749 m (12 ft 4 in)
    • Wing area: 15.221 m (163.848 ft)
    • Empty weight: 2,270 kg (5,005 lb)
    • Max. takeoff weight: 3,100 kg (aerobatic) / 4,250 kg (utility)
    • Engine: Single 1,200 kW (1,600 shp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68B Turboprop engine
    • Maximum speed: 685 km/h (370 knots, 428 mph)
    • Stall speed: 170 km/h (92 knots, 106.25 mph)
    • Range: 1,333 km (720 nm, 828 miles)
    • Service ceiling: 11,580 m (38,000 ft)

    Pilatus PC-21 Armament:

    Four under-wing hard-points and a centreline hard-point, for mounting up to 1,150 kg (2,540 lb) of air-to-ground weapons for use in a Counter-insurgency role.

 

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