|News - Africa|
Senegalese Air-Force Â plans to buy two CN235 transport aircraft from Indonesian manufacturer PTDI and use them for VIP and cargo duties. They would join its two CN235s already in service.
Senegal’s intention to buy more CN235s emerged in late May this year when Senegalese Armed Forces Minister Augustine Tine expressed interest in two CN235-220 aircraft.
Senegal has also shown interest in the maritime patrol version of the aircraft, Air International reports. (The Air Force flies a smaller C212 in the maritime patrol role.) If a firm order is placed, the aircraft would be delivered in one to three years’ time, depending on the contract. Indonesia may extend credit to Senegal to assist in the purchase of the aircraft.
Senegal already operates two second-hand Indonesian-built CN235-220s acquired in November 2010 and August 2012, according to Air International. They were bought under a $13 million contract.
Meanwhile, PTDI is offering its NC212 and CN235 to African countries like Uganda, as well as existing operators Senegal and Burkina Faso. PTDI has previously sold aircraft in Africa through a third party based in Belgium but may sell directly to Senegal.
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