Textron Aviation Contracted to Produce King Air 360 Aircraft for Peru and Ecquador

Equipped with maritime surveillance equipment, the aircraft will help monitor EEZ of the two countries
  • Defensemirror.com Bureau
  • 11:08 AM, November 8, 2023
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Textron Aviation Contracted to Produce King Air 360 Aircraft for Peru and Ecquador
Beechcraft King Air 360 Aircraft

Textron Aviation today announced it has been awarded a up to $100 million contract by the U.S. Army for Cessna SkyCourier, Cessna Grand Caravan EX, Beechcraft King Air 360 and King Air 260 special mission aircraft in support of Foreign Military Sales (FMS).

While the contract covers a five-year period, the initial award is for three King Air 360 Extended Range (KA360ER) aircraft, of which two are destined for the Peruvian Naval Aviation Force (Fuerza de Aviación Naval) and one for the Ecuadorian Naval Aviation (Aviación Naval Ecuatoriana).

All three of the initial King Air turboprops awarded will perform maritime patrol to enforce the sovereignty of Peru and Ecuador over their respective Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ).

Textron Aviation Contracted to Produce King Air 360 Aircraft for Peru and Ecquador
Beechcraft ATOS (airborne tactical observation and surveillance) mission system

This contract will provide highly capable commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) aircraft that can be equipped with COTS releasable technology, and it will accelerate acquisition and contracting timelines from many months or years to weeks,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president, Special Mission Sales for Textron Aviation. “We are honored the U.S. Army created this multiyear IDIQ contract with Textron Aviation, which provides the ability to rapidly procure COTS aircraft and modification for FMS allies and partner nations.”

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