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New training planes for RAAF.



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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon. Robert Hill Minister for Defence Leader of the Government in the Senate

 

20 Nov 2002 MIN 662/02

MEDIA RELEASE

 

New training planes for RAAF  

The Royal Australian Air Force will lease a fleet of seven Super King Air 350 Turboprop aircraft to undertake navigator training in Victoria, Defence Minister Robert Hill announced today.

Under a contract signed today, the aircraft will be leased from Hawker Pacific to provide training aircraft for 32 Squadron and the School of Air Navigation at RAAF Base East Sale.

The new fleet will replace both the ageing HS748 fleet and the King Air B200 aircraft currently used in support of Navigator training.

"The six HS748s currently in use are nearly 35 years old and the four King Air B200s were leased as an interim short term measure until a longer term lease was put in place," Senator Hill said.

"The first of the new aircraft will be delivered to East Sale in March but training will not start until navigator training stations are fitted in the rear of the plane."

Senator Hill said Hawker Pacific would supply and maintain the Super King Air aircraft using RAAF facilities at East Sale under a 10-year contract worth about $170 million.

"Leasing and supporting these aircraft provides better value for money than the current mix of leased and owned aircraft currently operated by 32 Squadron," Senator Hill said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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