Djiboutian Air Force to Receive Two Cessna Grand Caravan Special Missions Aircraft

The aircraft will be used for intelligence, surveillance and border monitoring
  • Defensemirror.com Bureau
  • 09:56 AM, March 14, 2024
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 Djiboutian Air Force to Receive Two Cessna Grand Caravan Special Missions Aircraft
Cessna Grand Caravan EX for special missions

Textron Aviation is awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command for two Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprop aircraft.

The aircraft will be owned and operated by the Djiboutian Air Force (DAF) and provide intelligence, surveillance and border control to the nation of Djibouti.

This acquisition is the third delivery order under a recently established indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract that allows up to $100 million U.S. dollars for the acquisition of Textron Aviation aircraft over a five-year period.

“The two special missions Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft will be Intelligence, Surveillance,  and Reconnaissance equipped to ensure the border sovereignty of the country of Djibouti,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president, Special Mission Sales for Textron Aviation.

“This multiyear contract allows the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command to rapidly procure Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) aircraft and modifications from Textron Aviation for our Foreign Military Sale allies and partner nations.”

This order follows the recent placement of delivery orders for three Beechcraft King Air 360ER aircraft two destined for the Peruvian Naval Aviation Force (Fuerza de Aviación Naval) and one the Ecuadorian Naval Aviation (Aviación Naval Ecuatoriana). With the addition of the two Cessna Grand Caravan EX for the Djiboutian Air Force, five aircraft have been ordered under the IDIQ contract.

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