Botswana Defence Force Selects PC-7 MK II

STANS, Switzerland — Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is proud to announce that the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) selected the PC-7 Mk II turboprop trainer aircraft to replace their Pilatus PC-7 fleet which has been in service since 1990.

The decision confirms the continued trust that the Botswana Defence Force places in Pilatus and the Pilatus aircraft as a training system. Once Pilatus, always Pilatus.

The contract value is approximately 40 million Swiss Francs to procure a fleet of 5 PC-7 MkII turboprop trainer aircraft, with ground based training system including computer based training, spares, support equipment, as well as pilot and technician conversion training elements. The contract was signed in Gaborone on 13 April 2011.

Delivery of the aircraft, ground based training system and logistic support package is scheduled to be completed in early 2013, enabling the BDF pilot training to transition to the new PC-7 Mk II platform during 2013.

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is committed to continue serving the BDF, a long standing partner of Pilatus, with its world renowned dedication to Swiss precision and quality.

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd was founded in 1939 and is currently world market leader in the manufacture and sale of single-engine turboprop aircraft. It is the only Swiss company that develops and produces private and training aircraft. Pilatus, which is headquartered in Stans, Switzerland, is licensed to maintain and perform upgrades on a variety of aircraft. With a workforce of almost 1300 at its head office, Pilatus is one of the biggest employers in Central Switzerland.

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