Jamaica Defence Force adds King Air 350ER MPA and Bell 429 helicopters

Jamaica Defence Force adds King Air 350ER MPA and Bell 429 helicopters

The Jamaica Defence Force Air Wing (JDF AW) has added a new Beechcraft King Air 350ER to its fleet.

King Air 350ER serial JDF T-11, equipped as a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) by Sierra Nevada Corporation, was introduced into service on November 14.

The King Air, c/n FL-1083 (ex N1083B), was formally commissioned at the same time as two recently acquired Bell 429 GlobalRanger helicopters, during a ceremony at theCaribbean Military Aviation School (CMAS) at Air Wing Manley Base, Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston. The new MPA and Bell 429s will be operated by the newly established Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Maritime Air and Cyber Command.

The first two of a planned three Bell 429s (JDF H-36 and H-37) were introduced during an official ceremony in Kingston on August 3.

Source: AirForces Monthly - January 2019

Photo: King Air 350ER serial JDF T-11 is equipped with an extensive sensor suite for search and rescue, customs and fi sheries patrol and law enforcement. (Photo by JDF)

Antonio Gonzalez (Latin American XAirForces Editor from Mexico)

Jamaica Defence Force adds King Air 350ER MPA and Bell 429 helicopters



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