The United States has issued a draft request for proposals (RFP) for the acquisition of medical evacuation (medevac) aircraft for Rwanda.
The Federal Business Opportunities website on 20 September posted the draft RFP for the purchase, delivery and provision of spare parts for two Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX aircraft.
The solicitation includes spares, support equipment, technical documents, a flight training device, spares, logistics support and tactical radios.
Proposals are due by 15 November 2019 ahead of an anticipated award date of the contract of 30 June 2020, with the first aircraft due for delivery no later than June 2021, with the contract terminating in July 2022.
In September last year the US Air Force first announced that Rwanda was to receive two new aircraft for medical evacuation and light transport, primarily during United Nations international peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic, Sudan and South Sudan.
The aircraft are required to carry 1 588 kg or up to 11 passengers and two crew, and two patient care units for medical/casualty evacuation and patient transport. They need to be able to take off and land on rough airstrips less than 760 metres long. Standard range of 830 km and ferry range of 1 700 km is required, although range is required to be extended through the carriage of auxiliary fuel tanks.
Other requirements are that the aircraft need to be newly built commercial designs with an all-up weight no greater than 5 670 kg, fixed landing gear and high-wing configuration for optimum pilot visibility.
The aircraft will be painted in Rwanda Air Force colours and supplied under the US foreign military sales (FMS) programme.