(Wichita, Kan., May 18, 2010) -- In a ceremony today at its headquarters in Wichita, Kan., Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) rolled out the first special mission King Air 350 for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The Beechcraft King Air family, which has been in USMC service for more than 20 years, is the world's best selling turboprop line of all time. The USMC awarded the defense contract for six modified King Air 350 turboprops, designated by the military as the UC-12W Huron, to HBC in July 2008 to replace six of their current UC-12 Operational Support Airlift (OSA) aircraft. Included in the contract are options allowing for replacement of the remaining six UC-12 aircraft in the fleet.
"Roll out of the UC-12W is an important milestone for the U.S. Marine Corps OSA community," said Jim Maslowski, HBC president, U.S. and International Government Business. "With its enhanced range, payload, avionics and aircraft survivability suite, introduction of the UC-12W into the inventory will provide the forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force relevant and sustainable OSA and critical flexibility. We are appreciative of the Kansas Delegation who played a critical role in obtaining the funding for this important contract as these aircraft will provide all-important operational support to our troops."
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