The Senegalese Air Force is taking delivery of another CN235-220M transport aircraft, which was built by Indonesia’s PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI).
The aircraft left PTDI’s factory at Bandung-Husein Sastreanegara Airport on 27 December and is expected to arrive in Senegal on 9 January, after transiting through Medan, Colombo, the Maldives, Pakistan, Riyadh, Khartoum, Chad and Burkina Faso.
The send-off ceremony was attended by Senegal’s air force chief of staff General Ousmane Kane and AD Trade Belgium deputy general director Max Abitbul. Also present was Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto.
The aircraft was ordered on 6 November 2014 via AD Trade Belgium, with the contract signed at the Indodefence exhibition that year. PTDI and AD Trade Belgium have worked together before, selling two CN235s to Burkina Faso and one to Venezuela.
Senegal’s aircraft is 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.
PTDI recently delivered a CN235 to the Royal Thai Police.