Raytheon T-6 Texan II
Raytheon Aircraft won a USAF and USN Joint Primary Aircraft Training System competition with the Beech Mk.II trainer, derived from the Pilatus PC-9.
Raytheon’s contract with the U.S. joint armed services to provide up to 700 T-6ATexan II JPATS trainers through the year 2014 continued to pay dividends for the Wichita-based airframer. The Air Force and Navy exercised an option for 22 additional Texan IIs, an order valued at almost $65 million.
The first production T-6A Texan II flew on 15 July 1998.
Apart from the JPATS program, Raytheon has orders for 138 T-6As, including a 45-airplane deal with the Greek Air Force.
The first production Beechcraft AT-6 light attack aircraft made a ceremonial first flight on 20 August 2013 at Wichita, Kansas. The single-engined 1,600shp (1,190kW) Pratt & Whitney PT6 turboprop aeroplane took to the air at about 10:30 local time with test pilot Lionel Alford at the controls.
The aircraft was loaded with a pair of 66 gal (250 litres) drop tanks, two inert GBU-58 laser-guided bombs and two LAU-131 seven-shot rocket launchers. The AT-6 was also carrying a L-3 Wescam Mx-15Di electro-optical infrared camera. Although a production aircraft, it is a company-owned asset. Beechcraft has not secured an order for the type. When asked why the company would fly the first flight with such a heavy load, Derek Hess, the company's senior vice-president for business development, says: "Because it's so easy."
The aircraft had demonstrated air-to-air gunnery with .50 caliber machine guns and the potential exists to employ Raytheon AIM-9 Sidewinders to counter certain aerial threats.
T-6A Texan II
Engine: Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68, 1100 hp
Length: 33.268 ft / 10.14 m
Height: 10.696 ft / 3.26 m
Wingspan: 33.301 ft / 10.15 m
Wing area: 175.346 sq.ft / 16.29 sq.m
Max take off weight: 6299.7 lb / 2857.0 kg
Weight empty: 4601.8 lb / 2087.0 kg
Max. speed: 310 kt / 575 km/h
Cruising speed: 230 kt / 426 km/h
Initial climb rate: 3996.06 ft/min / 20.30 m/s
Service ceiling: 35007 ft / 10670 m
Wing loading: 35.88 lb/sq.ft / 175.0 kg/sq.m
Range: 850 nm / 1574 km
Endurance: 3 h