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Pilatus PC-7 Mk II  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1994
Maiden Flight: 28 September 1992
Total Production: 163
Unitary Cost: CHF8.0 million   (USD$7.8 million)
Also Known As: Astra and Turbo-Trainer
Origin: Switzerland
Corporations: Pilatus Aircraft
Parent System: Pilatus PC-7
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1978
Maiden Flight: 12 April 1966
Total Production: 580
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Description: The Pilatus PC-7 Turbo-Trainer is a single-engine, tandem two-seat turboprop aircraft designed to perform basic training missions for military customers. It was developed by Pilatus Aircraft based upon the Pilatus PC-3 training aircraft which was introduced in the 1950s. The first PC-7 prototype performed its maiden flight on April 12, 1966, and the first production aircraft first flew in August 1978. The first production aircraft was delivered to the Air Force of Burma/Myanmar in December 1978. The Pilatus PC-7 trainer received a large number of orders in the 1980s entering into service with over 20 air forces providing basic training becoming thus the most successful military aircraft program for Pilatus Aircraft.

The Pilatus Mk II trainer was developed by Pilatus Aircraft to meet the requirements of the South African Air Force (SAAF). Known in South Africa as the Astra, first flew in 1992 with the first delivery to SAAF in early 1994. The Mk II features a more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-25C turboprop rated at 700-shp (886-shp thermodynamic), a four-blade Hartzell prop and airframe enhancements taken form the Pilatus PC-9 trainer. The PC-7 Mk II covers basic training as its predecessor , PC-7, and some limited number of advanced flying training tasks.

The PC-7 Mk II also encompasses ground-based training and simulation systems. Its standard equipment includes: On-Board Oxygen Generating System (OBOGS), six underwing stores, anti-g system, ejection seats, full dual glass cockpit with GPS, and stepped tandem two-seat cockpit. Thanks to modular and scalable design, the avionics and cockpit of the Mk II can be upgraded with those systems available on the more capable Pilatus PC-9 M. So far, the PC-7 Mk II has been ordered by South Africa, Brunei and Malaysia.

Pilatus PC-7 Mk II Specifications

Crew: 2
External Stations: 6
Number of Engines: 1
Propeller Blades: 4
Height: 3.26 meter (10.7 foot)
Length: 10.1 meter (33.3 foot)
Wingspan: 10.2 meter (33.4 foot)
Max Maneuvering Load Factor: 7 g
Min Maneuvering Load Factor: -4 g
Sustained Load Factor: 3.20 g
Landing Run Distance: 335 meter (1,099 foot)
Max Range: 810 nautical mile (1,500 kilometer)
Take Off Run Distance: 259 meter (850 foot)
Max Power at TakeOff: 700 shp
Climb Rate: 2,840 fpm (14.5 mps)
Cruise Speed: 242 knot (448 kph)
Stall Speed: 67 knot (124 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 300 knot (555 kph)
Empty Weight: 1,670 kilogram (3,682 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 2,250 kilogram (4,960 pound)
Payload: 1,040 kilogram (2,293 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Pilatus PC-7 Mk II News

There are 4 news between
15 Oct 2009 and 11 Feb 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013Botswana Defence Force Takes Delivery of PC-7 Mk II Aircraft
Thursday, May 24, 2012Indian Air Force Orders 75 Pilatus PC-7 MK II Aircraft for Basic Flight Training
Wednesday, April 20, 2011Botswana Defence Force Orders Five Pilatus PC-7 Mk II Turboprop Trainers
Thursday, October 15, 2009Successful First Flight of the SAAF PC-7 MKII with new Cockpit

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft ordered in April 2011 to replace the existing PC-7 trainers
Indian Air Force ordered 75 aircraft in May 2012
Aircraft ordered for the Malaysian Air Force in 2000 (9) and 2006 (10)

Grand Total 1635
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