The second Royal Jordanian Air Force Pilatus PC-21 turboprop trainer from the latest batch of orders (serial 1179, c/n 292) has entered final assembly. On June 27, it was towed to the company’s old wooden hall at Stans-Buochs for final assembly. It was preceded by serial 1178, c/n 291, now also in final assembly.
In August 2015, Pilatus announced that the RJAF had ordered nine PC-9Ms for delivery from January 2017.
An announcement by Esterline Electronics in July 2016 that it was to supply its cockpit avionics for eight Jordanian PC-21s confirmed that previous plans by the RJAF to acquire nine PC-9Ms had been revised and eight PC-21s would be acquired instead. The first of these was seen outside the factory, still incomplete but fully painted in RJAF colours, in September 2016. It successfully completed its maiden flight on November 15, 2016. The second first flew on November 30, 2016. Two further aircraft had been ordered by December 2016.
In May last year Jordan ordered a further two aircraft, taking its fleet total to 12 PC-21s.
The first two RJAF PC-21s were delivered last August. The eight aircraft from the first batch (serials 1170 to 1177) had all been delivered by the end of last year. The type is in service with 11 Squadron at Al Mafraq, replacing the C-101 Aviojet.