Raytheon Aircraft Co. has won the roughly $7 billion Joint Primary Aircraft Training System contest, ending a heated, year-long debate over the future of U.S. Air Force and Navy pilot training. The fact that the winning aircraft-the Beech Mk. II, based on the Swiss Pilatus PC-9-is a turboprop had no bearing with the source selection officials, acting USAF acquisition chief Darleen Druyun told reporters during a Pentagon briefing yesterday. "Prop versus jet was not something we really ...

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