Senegal accepts CN235-220 maritime patrol aircraft from Indonesia

The Senegalese Air Force has taken delivery of an additional CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft from PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI – Indonesian Aerospace).

The CN-235 aircraft retrofitted to carry out maritime duties was handed over on 19 March to Senegal’s Air Brigadier General Papa Souleymane Sarr.

Indonesian defence minister Prabowo Subianto and President Director of PTDI, Elfien Goentoro, inspected the CN235-220 MPA a day before.

This particular aircraft was ordered in August 2017, and the business between Indonesia and Senegal was facilitated by AD Trade Belgium.

Equipped with a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor under the nose and belly-mounted radar for the maritime patrol role, Senegal requested the variant in use by the Indonesian Navy which is fitted with the CAE AN/ASQ-508 magnetic anomaly detector for surface and sub-surface detection, and Thales Ocean Master or Telephonics APS-143C(V)3 (Batch 2) radar.

Last year, the Coronavirus Pandemic prevented the delivery of the aircraft following a travel ban between both countries. Contract negotiations for the additional aircraft have reportedly been signed in February during the Singapore Air Show but have been postponed to 2021 due to the outbreak of the Covid-19.

This new delivery will bring Senegal’s CN-235 aircraft total to five units comprising of two second hand and three brand new.

Senegal’s first CN-235 was delivered in January 2017, after ordering the aircraft from PTDI in November 2014. Two Indonesian-built, ex-Merpati Nusantara Airlines Cn-235 aircraft were delivered in November 2010 and August 2012 under a $13 million contract. One of the CN235s was later sold to Guinea.

The CASA/IPTN CN-235 is a medium-range twin-engined transport aircraft that was jointly developed by Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (CASA) of Spain and Indonesian Aerospace (PT. Dirgantara Indonesia), as a regional airliner and military transport. Its primary military roles include maritime patrol, surveillance, and air transport.

Ekene Lionel

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