Italian manufacturer Vulcanair announced on September 29 that the Chilean Navy is to acquire seven of its P68 Observer 2 aircraft to replace its Cessna O-2A Skymasters. The new aircraft will be used for a variety of missions, including search and rescue, maritime policing, reconnaissance, medical evacuation and transport.
The company said the contract had been approved by Chile’s Dirección General del Territorio Maritimo y Marina Mercante (DIRECTEMAR – General Directorate of Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine) on September 25. Special mission equipment fitted to the aircraft will include an AIS for ship identification, infrared camera and other systems. Deliveries are scheduled to take place during 2016-2017.
They will enter service with VC-1 at Base Aeronavale Concón, Viña del Mar, which currently operates the Cessna O-2As. Alan Warnes