PAS 23: Elbit Systems increases number of airworthy T-6As in Greece

As part of a project that was launched in 2021, Elbit Systems has managed to almost double the number of airworthy Beechcraft T-6A Texan II turboprop-driven trainers available to the Hellenic Air Force (HAF).

Operated by the HAF’s 361 and 364 Air Training Squadrons (MEAs) – both a part of 120 Air Training Wing (PEA) at Kalamata Air Base – the T-6As are used for undergraduate pilot training (UPT) as a part of the International Flight Training Centre (IFTC). Ordered in 1999 as part of a $223-240m deal (offsets 120%), the 45 Texan IIs – including 20 examples of the armed T-6A NTA variant – were delivered to the HAF between 2000-2003. Due to a lack of budget and many other issues, the number of airworthy T-6As in Greek service had dropped to approximately 20 airframes in the past ten years, but thanks to Elbit Systems, many of the grounded Texans have returned to the skies.

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