Factory Acceptance Testing of Beechcraft T-6TH for Royal Thai Air Force
Factory Acceptance Testing of Beechcraft T-6TH for Royal Thai Air Force

Factory Acceptance Testing of Beechcraft T-6TH for Royal Thai Air Force

The T-6TH acceptance committee, led by Gen. Chanon Mongthanya, has completed a final readiness check at the manufacturing plant (FAT TEST) before delivery. The T-6TH inspection committee by Gen. Chanon Mongthanya has checked the final readiness of the machine at the factory (FAT Test) before delivery, which is in order and passed the aviation standards of the Air Force, with the Air Force pilot pilot pilot Surasak Sesavej flying all 10 aircraft in this time. This is considered a success of the project which will benefit pilot training Air Force in the near future. The T-6TH procurement project, which is an upgraded version of the T-6C, was a successful project. To provide replacement aircraft, the PC-9, which has been in service for over 31 years.

Textron Aviation Defense LLC announced the fleet of 12 Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Beechcraft T-6TH Texan II aircraft is nearing manufacturing completion and surpassing technical inspection milestones ahead of schedule. The $162 million contract, which RTAF awarded in October 2020, features 12 aircraft as well as ground-based training systems for pilots and maintenance professionals, a mission planning and debrief system, spare parts and ground support equipment. The work in support of this contract is taking place at the company’s Wichita, Kansas facilities. The Beechcraft T-6 Texan II is designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation Defense LLC, a Textron Inc. company.

Factory Acceptance Testing of Beechcraft T-6TH for Royal Thai Air Force

Slated to arrive at the Royal Thai Air Force Flying Training School located at Kamphaeng Saen Air Base between late 2022 and early 2023, the aircraft are on schedule as they progress down the production line. The Beechcraft T-6TH Texan II holds the distinction of being the first RTAF procurement contracted in support of S-Curve 11, a Thai plan that focuses on the modernization of key capabilities and promotes the development of the Thai defense industry. The RTAF also recently awarded Textron Aviation Defense a $143 million contract for an Integrated System in support of the 41st Wing light attack operations at Chiang Mai Air Base.

The Beechcraft T-6 Texan II is a single-engine turboprop aircraft built by the Raytheon Aircraft Company (Textron Aviation since 2014). A trainer aircraft based on the Pilatus PC-9, the T-6 has replaced the United States Air Force’s Cessna T-37B Tweet and the United States Navy’s T-34C Turbo Mentor. The Beechcraft T-6 Texan II has logged more than 4.6 million flight hours across a global fleet of nearly 1,000 aircraft and achieves daily readiness rates of up to 91 percent among the Textron Aviation Defense-supported international T-6 fleet. The T-6A is used by the United States Air Force for basic pilot training and Combat Systems Officer (CSO) training, the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps