Ethiopian Air Force operating G 120TP trainers

The Ethiopian Air Force has taken delivery of six G 120TP trainers from Germany’s Grob and is looking at acquiring another six.

Grob Chief Operating Officer Ishan Sahgal told Jane’s Defence Weekly that the initial contract was signed in June this year. Deliveries started in August and were completed in September.

Sahgal said Grob expects the Ethiopian Air Force to order another six G 120TPs before the end of this year, which would entail deliveries commencing almost immediately.

The G 120TPs are replacing 30-year-old SF 260TPs based at the Ethiopian Air Force’s training facility at Dire Dawa Air Base.

The Ethiopian Air Force is believed to only have several SF 260 and half a dozen L-39 Albatros trainer aircraft in service.