Botswana acquires another C212


The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) has acquired an additional C212 light transport aircraft, its second in two years.

The aircraft was recently seen at Lanseria International Airport in Botswana Defence Force markings with registration N847CA and Z10 written on the tail, indicating it belongs to the Z10 Transport Squadron of the Botswana Defence Force Air Wing.

The C212-400 was manufactured in 1999 and was delivered to the Suriname Air Force with the registration SAF-214. It was configured for the maritime patrol role with a Bendix RDR-1500 surveillance radar and underwing fuel tanks. Due to a lack of funding and spares, the Suriname Air Force sold its two C212-400s to Fayard Enterprises of Wake Forest, North Carolina, in 2014/15. SAF-214, serial number 467, became N847CA when it was placed on the United States registry. C212 N847CA retains the underwing fuel tanks but has the radar removed.

Fayard Enterprises previously sold the other Suriname C212 to Botswana (formerly SAF-212, serial 466), which became N761CA upon delivery to Botswana. This was first seen in Botswana Defence Force Air Wing colours at Lanseria in June 2018 carrying out test flights prior to delivery – it was flying in Botswana in July. This aircraft apparently has fewer than 500 hours on its airframe – its sister aircraft is believed to have even fewer hours as it only had 164 hours when it was advertised in 2015.

Both newly acquired C212s are assigned to Z10 squadron, which flies one C212-300, three C-130Bs and two CN235M-100 transports.

The new C212s replace one that crashed on February 9, 2017, killing three people when it came down near Thebephatswana Air Base.

The Botswana Defence Force Air Wing has in its transport aircraft inventory approximately three C-130B Hercules, ten BN-2 Defenders, two C212s, two CN235s and five Cessna Skymasters.