Artistic rendering of T-54A aircraft. Image courtesy of Textron Aviation.


T-54A’s mission is to ensure multi-engine and tilt-rotor aviators have an advanced platform that best represents fleet aircraft and equips them for tomorrow’s battlespace. 

The T-54A is the aircraft portion of the multi-engine training system (METS). The aircraft will include an updated avionics suite and advanced automation capabilities to enhance naval aviator competencies and better prepare students for the aircraft they will fly in the fleet. The T-54A will provide advanced instrument and asymmetric engine handling training to student naval aviators selected for multi-engine fleet communities within the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, as well as select U.S. allies. 

Using a skills-based approach to training with just-in-time methodology that incorporates modern technology, this new aircraft opens a door for enhanced training opportunities so Fleet Replacement Squadrons can spend less time on foundational skills and focus more on mission requirements for today’s pilots. T-54A technology will also capture data that allows for Conditioned-Based Maintenance Plus, a capability that enables the Navy to trend aircraft health over time to facilitate improved maintenance planning and efficiency.  

The T-54A will replace the aging T-44C and is expected to be in service for approximately 30 years. The T-44C sundown will begin six months after the first delivery of the T-54A.

Primary Function: Multi-engine training platform for Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and international students
Contractor: Textron Aviation Incorporated
Delivery Date: Calendar year 2024 to 2026
Propulsion: Two Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp PT6A-52 engines
Length: 43 feet, 10 inches
Height: 14 feet, 10 inches
Max Takeoff Weight: 12,500 pounds
Wingspan: 57 feet, 11 inches
Maximum Operating Airspeed: 259 knots
Altitude Limit Normal Operation: 35,000 feet
Mission Range: 1,640 nautical miles
Crew: Pilot and co-pilot (Student)
Armament: None