RAAF 4 Squadron welcomes first Pilatus PC-21 aircraft
Regarded as ‘the world’s most advanced pilot training aircraft’, the PC-21’s arrival on Friday, 24 January, at 4SQN demonstrates the platform’s training versatility; with the aircraft being engaged and immersed in a different, but still highly significant training role.
Commanding Officer 4 Squadron, Wing Commander Sean Jobson said the PC-21 replaces the recently retired PC-9/A and will contribute to vital squadron training activities.
“The PC-21 will assist in preparing the next generation of Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs), supporting Forward Air Control and Air Surface Integration across a broad spectrum of operations,” Wing Commander Jobson said.
“4 Squadron has a joint service responsibility for guiding the training and development of JTACs.
“The arrival of the new aircraft will ensure personnel have the opportunity to continue to execute kinetic effects in real time scenarios.”
JTAC training includes the ability to plan, brief, control and report on aircraft to provide Close Air Support in the battlefield.
“The PC-21 will ensure that 4 Squadron continues to deliver the highest standard of mission training so JTAC personnel are, and continue to remain, combat ready,” Wing Commander Jobson said.
The first three 4 Squadron PC-21 aircraft ferried from RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria, with remaining 4 Squadron aircraft expected to arrive at RAAF Base Williamtown in February 2020.