Senegal’s Air Force is close to acquiring another CN235 transport aircraft from Indonesian Aerospace, after having acquired several from the Asian manufacturer.
A representative from PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Indonesian Aerospace) told Jane’s Defence Weekly during the Singapore Air Show this week that Senegal is in the final stages of negotiation for another CN235, with negotiations focussing on financing, amongst others.
“We are working to get Eximbank involved in the project in line with the Indonesian government’s goal to foster a community that is conducive for Indonesian exports,” a PTDI representative told Jane’s.
Senegal’s air force is being represented by an “unnamed Belgian company” with regard to the latest acquisition, according to Indonesian Aerospace. In the past, AD Trade Belgium has facilitated aircraft sales from Indonesia to Senegal. Indonesian Aerospace and AD Trade Belgium have worked together selling two CN235s to Burkina Faso and one to Venezuela.
In January 2017, the Senegalese Air Force received a CN235-220M transport aircraft from Indonesian Aerospace, after it had been ordered in November 2014 via AD Trade Belgium, with the contract signed at the Indodefence exhibition that year.
Senegal’s aircraft was delivered in a quick change configuration that allows it to be used for paratrooping, medical evacuation, VIP and passenger transport missions.
The Senegalese Air Force previously acquired two second hand CN235s, also both built in Indonesia. These were originally commercial models flown by Indonesia’s Merpati Nusantara Airlines, but later changed to military CN-235-220M configuration and delivered in November 2010 and August 2012 under a $13 million contract. One of the CN235s was later sold to Guinea, reports Air Forces Daily.
In August 2017 it was reported that Senegal had ordered a single CN235-200 for maritime patrol through AD Trade Belgium and in mid-2019 it Indonesian Aerospace was busy constructing a CN235-220 MPA for Senegal – it is due to deliver the aircraft this year.
The most recent acquisition will bring Senegal’s order tally to five CN235s (two second hand and three new).