Last updated: 23 Nov 2020
The T-6B Texan II is a tandem-seat, turboprop trainer whose primary mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots.
The T-6B Texan II is an upgraded avionics variant of the T-6A Texan II and one component of the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) along with simulators, computer-aided academics, and a Training Integration Management System (TIMS), replacing the T-34C aircraft. The program uses commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) subsystems to the maximum extent possible. The T-6 aircraft-built by Hawker Beechcraft Aircraft Company is a derivative of the Swiss Pilatus PC-9 aircraft with a Pratt & Whitney PT-6A-68 engine, Martin-Baker ejection seats, cockpit pressurization, and an onboard oxygen-generating system. The T-6B upgraded avionics provide an all-glass cockpit using three 5x7 multifunction displays, head-up display, hands-on throttle and stick, dual redundant Integrated Avionics Computers and an open-architecture design to allow for future growth.
There are currently 245 Navy T-6Bs serving the Chief of Naval Air Training at NAS Whiting Field and NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Six additional T-6B aircraft are stationed at the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland.
The T-6 entered development flight test in July 1998. In August 2009 the Navy pursued an avionics upgrade program to outfit the T-6A with significant avionics upgrades. The Navy awarded a limited production contract in August 2009 for nine T-6 “Avionics Upgrade Package” (AUP) aircraft that were ultimately designated as T-6Bs. The full production contract for the T-6B was awarded October 29, 2009, and in 2010 the T-6B reached IOC at NAS Whiting Field, Florida.
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