Aerial Survey Beech 350i King Air 350ER Delivered to Turkish MOD

Above: The new aerial survey Beechcraft 350i King Air 350ER for the Turkish Ministry of Defence’s Harita Genel Komutanlığı (General Directorate of Mapping), 5003 (c/n FL-1120), with military markings taped over and wearing temporary US registration N1120B, arriving in Turkey on delivery earlier this year.  After being outfitted with role-specific equipment in-country, it was handed-over on May 7.  Turkish SSB

TURKEY’S NATIONAL mapping agency, the Harita Genel Komutanlığı (HGK – General Directorate of Mapping), which is controlled by the Ministry of Defence, has taken delivery of a new Beechcraft 350i King Air configured for aerial photographic survey missions.  The aircraft, with military serial number 5003 (c/n FL-1120, ex N1120B), was formally accepted into service during a ceremony on May 7. 

The Hava Fotoğrafı Çekim Uçağı (HAFÇU – Aerial Photographic Survey Aircraft) acquisition project was approved by the Savunma Sanayii İcra Komitesi (SSIK Defence Industry Executive Committee) on March 29, 2018.  Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) was then awarded a procurement contract on May 22, 2018, including modification, civil certification and delivery of the aircraft, along with spare parts, ground support equipment and training.  This included cutting camera apertures in the aircraft fuselage and modifying an aerial photography camera already in the HGK inventory.

Acceptance of the aircraft from the manufacturer was completed on June 7-8, 2018, in association with Turkey’s Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı (SSM – Undersecretariat for Defence Industries) and the HGK.  After being flown to TAI’s facilities in Turkey, the required modification work was carried out and the US registration was cancelled on March 27 this year, when it was officially transferred to Turkish military markings.