Nov 1/12: DynCorp International LLC in Fort Worth, TX receives a $72.8 million contract modification for contractor operated and maintained base supply services for the T-6A/B Texan II Joint Primary Aircraft Training System aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, TX until Oct 31/13, and the AFLCMC/WLZJC at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH manages the contract (FA8617-12-C-6208, PO 0004).
The T-6 is the result of iterative modifications to the popular Pilatus PC-9 turboprop trainer, but in time the modifications left the 2 aircraft with no common parts. Now the T-6 serves as the USAF’s and US Navy’s JPATS intermediate to advanced training aircraft for prospective pilots. Variants have also been ordered for export by countries including Canada, Greece, Iraq, Israel, Mexico, and Morocco.
September 13/17: The US Navy has awarded DynCorp a $108.2 million contract modification for continued maintenance services on T-34, T-44, and T-6 training aircraft. Scheduled to run until 2018, work includes organizational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance for 16 T-34 Mentors, 54 T-44 Pegasus and 287 T-6 Texan IIs at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla. The Mentor, Pegasus and Texan II are light turboprop planes used by the US Navy and Marine Corps for basic flight training.
April 17/17: Beechcraft has been awarded a $60.5 million USAF contract to support the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS)—the program associated with the procurement of T-6 Texan II trainer aircraft to train Air Force and Navy pilots. Services to be provided under the deal include program management, engineering, sustainment, deficiency reporting, and maintenance. Also provided are diminishing manufacturing sources, technical manual updates, data management and mechanical structural integrity efforts. The contract will run until April 2021.