On the 10th of March took place in the facilities of the General Air and Space Academy (AGA) the signing of the contract for phase 2 of the acquisition of the new PC-21 Pilatus Integrated Training System, between the Ministry of Defence and the company Pilatus Aircraft. This contract includes the acquisition of 16 new PC-21 (2 of them instrumented for the Logistic Centre of Armament and Experimentation CLAEX), 1 FFS simulator, Full Flight Simulator, 2 CPT simulators, Cockpit Procedures Training, as well as the teaching systems and associated logistics package.
This integrated training system acquired by the Spanish Air and Space Force for the training of its pilots represents a great qualitative leap in the aeronautical training model, improving and bringing flight training closer to the increasingly sophisticated weapons systems that make up the aerospace power of the Armed Forces.
On behalf of the Ministry of Defence, the contract was signed by the Deputy Director General for Acquisitions, Colonel Alfonso F. Torán Poggio, and on behalf of Pilatus Aircraft, its CEO, Markus Bucher, and the Vice President of the Government Aviation Department, André Zimmermann. The Secretary of State for Defence, María Amparo Valcarce, the Chief of Staff of the Air and Space Army, Air General Javier Salto Martínez-Avial, and the National Armament Director, Admiral Aniceto Rosique Nieto, also attended.
Aledra Legal, under the direction of managing partner Cristina de Santiago and partner Eduardo Cardona, advised Pilatus Aircraft Ltd on the acquisition by the National Armament Directorate (DGAM), under the Ministry of Defence.
This €239 million purchase follows the acquisition of the first 24 PC-21s in 2020 for €204 million, which replaced the older Casa C-101s, also advised by ALEDRA LEGAL. In total, the ministry has invested more than €445 million to renew the training fleet, making the AGA the largest European operator of Pilatus.