An in-depth look at Airbus' Future Jet Trainer

Airbus is developing a new-generation advanced jet trainer for Spain, but how will this future platform fare on the export market, with air arms starting to look at the recapitalisation of their training fleets across the globe? Jon Lake details the Airbus Future Jet Trainer and explores its potential.

Airbus has unveiled its new AFJT (Airbus Future Jet Trainer) aircraft, which is initially being developed to meet a Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force) requirement, but the company hopes the platform will find many more customers.

AFJT in flight concept image [Ryan Dorling]
The AFJT is the latest in a distinguished line of Spanish jet trainers, and looks set to partly replace the CASA C-101EB Aviojet in service, though the newly acquired Pilatus PC-21s will undertake much of the basic flying training phase. Ryan Dorling

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