THREE CESSNA 208B Grand Caravan EX aircraft, each in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) configuration, have been ordered for Kenya, Mauritania and Niger, which will take delivery of one aircraft each. A $13.7 million pseudo Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract for these aircraft was awarded to Cessna on September 19 by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
The acquisition is being funded through Section 1206 of the US National Defense Authorisation Act, which gives the US Secretary of Defense authority to train and equip foreign military forces for two specific purposes —counterterrorism and stability operations.
A day earlier, on September 18, L-3 Communications was awarded a $31 million FMS contract to produce, modify and integrate ISR capabilities onto these three aircraft. L-3’s facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Titusville, Florida, will undertake the work. Overall, both contracts, comprising aircraft acquisition and ISR integration, are expected to be completed by September 30, 2015. Alan Warnes