Indonesian Aerospace company (IAe) announced that it has delivered a CN235-220M Multi-Purpose aircraft purchased by A.D. Trade Belgium for the Senegalese Air Force. The company flew the aircraft from its facility in Bandung, Indonesia, to Dakar, Senegal, on the 27th of December 2016.

The state-owned aircraft manufacturer stated that the purchase contract of the aircraft had been signed on the 5th of November 2014 by CEO of IAe Budi Santoso and Deputy General Director of A.D. Trade, Belgium, Max Abitbul at the Indo Defence Expo 2014.

The contract for CN235-220M is the fourth deal between the two companies. Previously A.D. Trade Belgium also purchased three CN235 aircraft for two nations – Burkina Faso and Venezuela.

On the 18th of December 2016, the Indonesian Air Force (IAF) lost yet another C-130 Hercules aircraft after it crashed into a mountain in Papua, and killed 13 people on board. Within a month, 3 military aircraft crashed in Indonesia, raising the number of military aircraft accidents in 2016 to 6. The crashes claimed the lives of 46 people combined.

CEO of IAe Budi Santoso said: "CN235-220 has been widely known in many countries as a multi-purpose plane for effective and efficient operations. It can be operated at any type of runway including ones with limited conditions.”

The CN235-220M delivered to Air Force Senegal features a quick change configuration as paratroop carrier, medical evacuation, VIP as well as passengers transport.

IAe explained that the CN235-220M  is equipped with a front door for entrance/ exit  when serving as passenger transport, and a special ramp door for troops or large cargo such as VVIP car.