Pilatus Aircraft Ltd this month have created Pilatus Defence Solutions Australia Pty Ltd (PilDEF), a new corporate entity in Australia, to manage military contracts and operations in the Australasian region.
This increased footprint in Australia is further strategic commitment to the ADF and Defence Industry by the Swiss parent company, according to a statement from the company.
Rob Oliver was also announced the CEO of PilDEF. The new company will be headquartered at Sale in Victoria, close to ADF customers at the CASG ATACSPO (formerly TASPO) and the RAAF’s Air Training Wing.
Pilatus is part of Team21, a joint effort between Lockheed Martin, Pilatus and Hawker Pacific to deliver pilot training under Air 5428 which will operate a new training system using the PC-21, the successor to the PC-9.
PilDEF will also be located at RAAF Pearce in WA to support the Republic of Singapore Air Force and RAAF 2FTS operations.