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Pilatus Aircraft has contracted Leonardo to supply a range of electronics for the PC-21 trainer aircraft being supplied to the Spanish Air Force, the Rome-based company announced on 9 April.

Leonardo will supply airborne communications systems, cockpit control panels and associated electronics for the aircraft, which Spain will induct as replacements for the CASA C-101 aircraft that have been in service since 1980, becoming the third European air force to select the PC-21 Next Generation Trainer.

The multiband V/UHF RT-700/A communications system is a compact, lightweight military European Technical Standard Order (ETSO)-certified product. It provides voice and data communications in the 30-470MHz range and can transmit and receive securely when connected to an external encryption unit. Notably, the product provides ETSO-certified communications in the VHF ATC band (25/8.33kHz).

The contract further strengthens Leonardo’s long-established partnership with Pilatus Aircraft. The Swiss aerospace manufacturer previously selected Leonardo avionics, lights and panels for PC-21 aircraft ordered by customers in Switzerland, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Australia.

Spain has become the third European Air Force to select the Pilatus PC-21 Next Generation Trainer. (Photo via Leonardo)

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