Leonardo has been awarded a contract by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. to provide airborne communications systems, cockpit control panels and associated electronics for installation on-board PC-21 single-engine turboprop trainers being supplied to the Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire).

The aircraft were ordered by the Spanish Ministry of Defense through its Armament and Material Directorate (DGAM) to replace the Spanish Air Force’s Casa C-101 jet trainers, which have been in-use since 1980.

The Spanish Air Force is the third European air force to choose the PC-21 Next Generation Trainer.