Team 21, which also includes Pilatus and Hawker Pacific, is the preferred tenderer for Air 5428 and will provide a turnkey service to the ADF using the PC-21, 22 of which will be based at East Sale.
Candidates from the RAAF, the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Army will undertake fixed-wing flight training under the new system.
"Defense has conducted a thorough and comprehensive tender evaluation. Lockheed Martin Australia's tender locating the Basic Flying System at RAAF Base East Sale provides a training system that will meet defense's needs and represents the best value for money outcome over 25 years," Australian Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said on Sept. 6.
"The new training system will streamline future pilot training, co-locating multiple training facilities to support both officer training and basic flying training at RAAF Base East Sale."
Andrews said the new training system will have an annual intake of up to 165 trainee pilots, allowing the number of pilots graduating to increase from 77 today to 105.
The unsuccessful bidder was a team led by BAE Systems Australia, which offered the Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainer. BAE Systems currently provides aircraft and facilities at Tamworth as part of an Interim Basic Flight Training (IBFT) contract.
"[The] RAAF will continue to work closely with BAE over the next four years to actively promote the unique flight training opportunities offered at Tamworth," Joyce said.
"There are opportunities for other air forces and commercial pilot training to be delivered by BAE at their established training facility in Tamworth.
"We have already seen an increased interest from the Republic of Singapore Air Force, which is a strong ally of Australia and our welcome guest in our city."