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Pilatus PC-21  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2007
Maiden Flight: 2002
Total Production: 201
Unitary Cost: CHF20 million   (USD$20 million)
Also Known As: JEPAS PC-21
Origin: Switzerland
Corporations: Pilatus Aircraft
Parent System: Pilatus PC-21
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2007
Maiden Flight: 2002
Total Production: 201
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Description: The Pilatus PC-21 is a new tandem tow-seat, low-wing swept monoplane developed by Pilatus Aircraft to meet the requirements of modern air forces over the next 30 years. The project was launched in January 1999 and the first PC-21 trainer was rolled out in 2002. The Swiss Federal Office for Civil Aviation (FOCA) awarded type certification on January 24, 2005. The PC-21 focuses in three areas: superior aerodynamic performance compared with any other turboprop on the market; a complex integrated training system; and a life-cycle costs not to exceed existing turboprop training systems such as PC-7 or PC-9. The resulting trainer is suitable for basic flying training; advanced flying training; and mission system management training in the fighter lead-in role.

The Pilatus PC-21 is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney PT6A-68B turboprop rated at 1,600-shp. The engine drives a scimitar five blade graphite propeller. The PC-21 digital engine management system schedules power as a function of airspeed to give jet-like acceleration throughout the speed range and to provide a progressive and controllable power delivery at take-off and in the circuit. Standard equipment includes 0-0 (0 altitude and 0 airspeed) ejection seats, OBOGS, hydraulic ailerons and spoilers, six underwing stations, open architecture digital mission computer, automatic yaw compensation, pressurized refueling, anti-g system, and pressurized, stepped cockpit with birdstrike resistant canopy. The aircraft's structure is made primarily of aluminum and composite material. The cockpit is fitted with large fighter-like LCDs and is compatible with night vision goggles.

To date, the Pilatus PC-21 trainer has been selected by the Air Forces of Singapore and Switzerland. The Royal Singapore Air Force (RSAF) ordered 19 PC-21 advanced turboprop trainers on November 3, 2006, as part of a training program which was awarded to Lockheed Martin to be carried out at the Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce, north of Perth in Western Australia. The Swiss Air Force ordered six PC-21s (JEPAS PC-21) in January 2007 to provide training in support of the F/A-18C/D aircraft. First delivery was due by the end of 2007 with the training course expected to commence in March 2008.

Pilatus PC-21 Specifications

Crew: 2
External Stations: 6
Number of Engines: 1
Propeller Blades: 5
Area
Wing Area: 14.9 square meter (160 square foot)
Dimensions
Height: 3.91 meter (12.8 foot)
Length: 11.2 meter (36.7 foot)
Wingspan: 9.11 meter (29.9 foot)
G-load
Max Maneuvering Load Factor: 8 g
Min Maneuvering Load Factor: -4 g
Sustained Load Factor: 3.70 g
Performance
Landing Run Distance: 900 meter (2,953 foot)
Max Range: 720 nautical mile (1,333 kilometer)
Take Off Run Distance: 725 meter (2,379 foot)
Power
Max Power at TakeOff: 1,600 shp
Speed
Climb Rate: 4,250 fpm (21.7 mps)
Stall Speed: 81 knot (150 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 0.72 mach (861 kph)
Top Speed at Sea Level: 323 knot (598 kph)
Weight
Empty Weight: 2,270 kilogram (5,004 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 3,100 kilogram (6,834 pound)
Payload: 1,150 kilogram (2,535 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Pilatus PC-21 News

There are 15 news between
3 Nov 2006 and 4 Jan 2017
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017France, Jordan and UK Order 21 PC-21 Training Aircraft
Thursday, July 21, 2016Royal Australian Air Force First PC-21 Trainer Completes First Flight
Wednesday, December 9, 2015Australian Defence Force Orders 49 Pilatus PC-21 Training Aircraft
Wednesday, June 3, 2015Saab Signs Contract on PC-21 Trainer Aircraft
Friday, March 28, 2014Saab and Pilatus Sign MoU on Gripen and PC-21 Aircraft
Monday, July 23, 2012Qatar Emiri Air Force Orders 24 Pilatus PC-21 Training Systems
Friday, May 25, 2012Royal Saudi Air Force to Take Delivery of First Pilatus PC-21 in 2014
Wednesday, May 23, 2012Saudi Arabia to Buy 22 Hawk AJT, 55 PC-21 and 25 Primary Training Aircraft from the UK
Friday, December 17, 2010Swiss Air Force Buys Two More Pilatus PC-21 Aircraft
Tuesday, November 23, 2010First UAE PC-21 Trainer Successfully Makes Maiden Flight

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Australia49
Aircraft (49) ordered in December 2015
France17
Aircraft ordered by French Air Force in December 2016 (17)
Jordan2
Aircraft ordered by Royal Jordanian Air Force in December 2016 (2)
Saudi Arabia55
Aircraft (55) ordered in May 2012
Switzerland8
Six aircraft delivered in 2008 and two more to be delivered in 2012
United Kingdom2
Aircraft ordered by QinetiQ in December 2016 (2)

Grand Total 2019
Propulsion Systems
PT6A-68Bx1
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