PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Indonesian Aerospace) announced today that the CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft for Senegal received a flight acceptance certificate.
“Flight Acceptance Certificate issued! The milestone means that, while the date is yet to be officially informed now, the delivery of this CN-235 to Senegal is edging closer. Just stay tuned,” the company tweeted today.
The Senegalese Air Force (Armée de l’Air du Senegal) signed for its first CN-235-220M with PTDI in November 2014 and the airframe was subsequently delivered in January 2017. The aircraft is capable of performing a variety of missions including paratrooping, medical evacuation, general transport duties, and VIP transport.
For the second airframe, the service was seeking maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) variant of the CN-235 jet. On May 16, the Indonesian Embassy in Senegal announced that the Senegalese government had agreed to purchase a CN-235 configured for MPA missions.
The latest CN-235 was rolled out by PTDI on 4 August and is equipped with a forward-looking infrared sensor ball under the nose and belly-mounted radar for the maritime patrol role.
The most recent acquisition will bring Senegal’s order tally to five CN235s (two second hand and three new, and of those three new, two in maritime patrol and one in transport configuration).
CN-235’s sensors include the CAE AN/ASQ-508 magnetic anomaly detector, and Thales Ocean Master or Telephonics APS-143C(V)3 (Batch 2) radar.