Spartan Air Academy Iraq LLC, Irving, Texas, has been awarded a $15,684,449 firm-fixed-price modification (P00007) to contract FA8617-20-C-6232 for the Iraq T-6A contractor logistics support and training maintenance program. The modification provides for the exercise of an option to extend the term of the contract for the continued services needed in order to effectively maintain and operate a fleet of 15 T-6A training aircraft. Work will be performed at Balad Air Base, Iraq, and is expected to be completed June 30, 2021. Foreign Military Sales funds in the full amount will be obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
On 13 May 2014, the U.S. State Department approved an order for 24 T-6C aircraft for use as trainers by the Iraqi Air Force (IAF). The sale was worth US$790 million and was part of a larger one billion dollar deal. The Iraq Air Force’s (IAF) current trainer fleet consists of Cessna 172 Skyhawks and Cessna 208B Caravans. The IAF needs to supplement or replace its current trainer fleet with these new aircraft to modernize its air force and to facilitate its transition to the AT-6 light-attack aircraft. Produced by Raytheon Aircraft, the T-6A Texan II is a military trainer version of Raytheon’s Beech/Pilatus PC-9 Mk II.
Spartan Air Academy Iraq, LLC, is an affiliate of Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, which has campuses in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Broomfield (Denver), Colorado; Los Angeles, California; and Riverside, California. Support from these affiliated Spartan organizations allow Spartan Iraq to help establish an air academy with access to top flight curriculum and training expertise. Spartan College’s flight campus in Tulsa has provided training since 2007 as part of the Coalition Air Force Transition Team (CAFTT) and Air Advisor Program (AAP). This program includes pilot and maintenance technician training for Cessna 172, Cessna 208 and Beechcraft T-6A aircraft expected to be used for training at the academy in Iraq.