The Senegalese Air Force’s newest CN235 has arrived home after flying from the PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) factory in Indonesia.
The aircraft arrived in Dakar on 30 March after stopovers in India, Qatar, Sudan, Chad and Niger. It was welcomed by the Chief of Staff of the Senegalese Air Force, Air Brigadier General Papa Souleymane Sarr, and the Indonesian Ambassador to Senegal, Dindin Wahyudin.
“This cooperation shows the strong relationship between Indonesia and Senegal, which has been built since the Asia-Africa Conference 65 years ago,” said Ambassador Dindin.
With ten crew on board, the aircraft spent 12 days flying from PTDI’s base in Bandung to Dakar after being handed over on 19 March. It was due to be delivered last year but this was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Indonesia Window.
For the maritime patrol role, the CN235-220 is equipped with a 360 degree search radar with a range of up to 200 nautical miles, Automatic Identification System (AIS) and forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor for day/night operations.
The aircraft (AX-2348, expected to become 6W-TTD) performed its maiden flight in December last year. Senegal will be receiving another CN235 (expected to become 6W-TTE). In May 2020 the Indonesian Embassy in Senegal announced that the Senegalese government had agreed to purchase a CN235 configured for maritime patrol. It was acquired through AD Trade Belgium and is expected to be delivered sometime in 2021.
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).