Pilatus suffers renewed failure in Japan

The Swiss aircraft manufacturer, Pilatus, has failed again in its bid to win a major contract for trainer planes for the Japanese air force.

This content was published on September 26, 2000 minutes

Its Japanese rival, Fuji Heavy, has won the contract to supply 50 aircraft in a deal worth more than SFr400 million.

It is the second time that Pilatus has lost out to Fuji Heavy in the deal. A first contract was declared null and void after a political scandal in which Fuji Heavy was reported to have paid at least SFr150,000 in bribes to a member of the defence ministry.

The two aircraft under consideration in the tender were the Fuji Heavy T7 and the PC-7 MK II of Pilatus.

On Thursday last week, Pilatus of Stans in central Switzerland, announced that the Royal Malaysian Air Force had signed a contract for nine PC-7 MK II aircraft in a deal valued at SFr70 million.

Some 28 air forces worldwide train their pilots on Pilatus Turbo Trainer products.


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