Beechcraft T-6 Texan II

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Product Type:

Entry-Level Miltary Trainer Aircraft

Using Service (US):

Air Force (USAF) and Navy

Program Status:

In Production (last Navy purchase in FY 14)

Prime Contractor:

Beechcraft Corporation

The T-6 Texan II

About the T-6 Texan II:

The Hawker Beechcraft (now Beechcraft Corporation) T-6 Texan II is a tandem seat military trainer aircraft derivative of the Pilatus PC-9. The aircraft is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turboprop engine with 1,100 shp. The T-6A currently serves as the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy primary training aircraft and has replaced the T-34C (USN) and T-37B (USAF). The Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) is a joint Navy/Air Force pilot training program that will use the T-6A Texan II for specialized undergraduate pilot training. To date, the T-6 military trainer has been used to train pilots and navigators in approximately 20 different countries.

The T-6B Texan II (an advanced version of the A-model with higher payload - see specs at bottom of page) comes with digital cockpit, Martin-Baker ejection seats, cockpit pressurization, and an onboard oxygen-generating system. The T-6 is versatile, safe, and effective for the most basic flight training tasks. The aircraft has a top speed of 364 mph, and features a 7G to 3.5G airframe, and an advanced digital glass cockpit with a cutting-edge avionics suite. The T-6 is capable of teaching even the most advanced aerobatic maneuvers and simulated combat training tasks that could previously only be accomplished in more expensive aircraft.

The T-6C is a derivative aircraft incorporating hard-points on the wings for external fuel tanks. This variant is not in service with the U.S. military.

In February 1996, Raytheon (the owner of Hawker Beechcraft until 2007) was awarded the JPATS acquisition and support contracts, and the first operational T-6A Texan II arrived at Randolph AFB in Texas in May 2000. The T-6 went into full rate production in December 2001. Air Force purchases of 453 T-6A Texan II aircraft was initiated in FY 1995 and ended in FY08 with the final T-6A delivered in FY 2010. There are currently 446 T-6A aircraft in the USAF inventory. Originally, the Navy had planned to purchase 315 aircraft starting in FY 2000, however, total aircraft purchases authorized is now 295. The Navy will purchase its last T-6B in FY 2014.

To date, Beechcraft has delivered over 800 T-6 aircraft that have accumulated a total of 2 million flight hours.



T-6 Production Forecast:

A 15-year T-6 production forecast is available through Forecast International's Platinum Forecast System, which includes a breakout of total market unit and value statistics by manufacturer and end-user. This real-time service also includes information on all prime and subcontractors, contract awards, worldwide inventories, a complete program history, and a rationale detailing the outlook of the program. A 10-year T-6 production forecast is also available in report format through Forecast International's Military Aircraft Forecast service.


To Support joint Navy and Air Force specialized undergraduate pilot training. The T-6 Texan II is a key component of the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) along with simulators, computer-aided academics, and a Training Integration Management System (TIMS).

FY 2020 & FY 2021 - T-6 DoD Program:

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, a comprehensive analytical database containing historical and forecast budget figures, year-to-year funding comparisons, congressional budget markups, program justification documents, and much more.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Textron Aviation,
and Pratt & Whitney Canada.

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