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President Ian Khama on Friday accepted five planes at the Sir Seretse International Airport that the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) bought some two years ago.

The PC 7 MkIIs planes were purchased from Switzerland Manufacturer Pilatus Limited and delivered last November. The PC 7MkII is an upgrade of PC 7 trainer, which the BDF acquired in 1990. The PC7 has since been phased out.Speaking at the event, BDF Air Arm Commander Major General Odirile Mashinyana said that BDF and Pilatus have a history dating back to the late 80s during which the PC7 have helped train many BDF pilots. He commended the former commanders for establishing and leading the BDF to be what it is today.Chairperson of Pilatus Limited Oscar Shrenk said that the BDF PC7 flew 28,000 hours and made 70,000 landings. He said the PC7 MkII is a reliable aircraft used by 33 air forces worldwide even in advanced countries like India. He said that the MkII is technologically advanced and fitted with state-of-the-art safety equipment, and has computer-based training system. He assured the BDF that the aircraft will give them world-class service.Also at the event were BDF Commander Lieutenant General Gaolathe Galebotse, Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Eric Molale and the retired Commanders Masire and Tlhokwane. Meanwhile, the BDF Public Relations and Protocol Office would not disclose the amount spent on the aircraft saying contractual obligations prevent them from discussing such information with a third party.

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