Yesterday, the first 2 new Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainers arrived in Colombia, out of a total of 8 acquired in 2020.
According to the press release of the Colombian Air Force (FAC for its initials in Spanish), the official reception ceremony took place at Air Combat Command No.1. The Minister of National Defense, Diego Molano Aponte, and General Ramsés Rueda Rueda, Commander of the Colombian Air Force, participated.
The two T-6C Texan II aircraft were put into service for the training of military pilots. These planes have the latest technologies that will allow the capacity building and skills development of the pilots of its Colombian Air Force.
The T-6C TEXAN II is characterized as the safest and most rigorously tested military training aircraft with high acceptance and reliability. It is a low-wing aircraft with aerodynamic characteristics that give it great maneuverability at low and high speed.
With the arrival of these planes, a change of generation is also operated, where the 13 T-37B “TWEET” planes which have completed more than 50 years of operation in the Military Forces and have been used for flight training military will remain on the ground.
The country needs a modern Air Force for its defense, it needs well-trained and qualified pilots to have in their hands the best tool for the defense of national sovereignty. Today we are giving these young Colombian pilots the best planes to train who will be the pilots who will integrate and develop the Air Force of the future. ” were the words of General Ramsés Rueda Rueda, commander of the FAC.
For his part, the Minister of Defense, Diego Molano Aponte, assured: “With the delivery of these planes, we will train a new generation of combat pilots and thus strengthen the capacities of our Air Force, first of all. place, to exercise more sovereignty, secondly, so that technology and innovation are part of this new generation that allows us not only to be part of this air force in Colombia, but also to be part of a multinational task force like the one developed within NATO. ”
The incorporation of the 8 Texan IIs, as well as its deeply modernized 14 Embraer EMB-312 Tucano, represents one of the steps taken by FAC to bring its assets up to current standards.
In the meantime, the main modernization project, which is the replacement of its IAI Kfir with a new fighter, remains on hold until the Colombian economic and social situation allows it.