Senegal and Ivory Coast Air Forces Buying NC-212s and CN235s

One of the two original CN235-220s delivered to the Senegalese Air Force, after conversion to military configuration from second-hand commercial examples, at PTDI’s Bandung facility before delivery. An additional CN235-220 in MPA configuration is now being ordered for Senegal. PTDI

PT DIRGANTARA Indonesia (Persero or PTDI) announced on April 10 that it had signed a framework agreement worth $75 million for the supply of three aircraft to Senegal and one to the Ivory Coast.  They comprise two NC-212-200 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft and one CN235-220 Maritime Patrol Aircraft for the Senegalese Air Force, plus one CN235-220 for the Ivory Coast Air Force.  A final contract will be signed later this year, around July or August, with deliveries scheduled 18 months after the firm contract has been concluded.

The agreement was signed with the Ivory Coast and Senegalese governments’ business partner, AD Trade Belgium, during the Indonesia-Africa Forum 2018 at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) in Bali.  This was the first forum organised by the Government of Indonesia to bring together governments, businesses and stakeholders from Indonesia and African countries.  PTDI said that it was seeking other business opportunities in co-operation with local African companies, especially regarding upgrades, modifications and modernization, plus maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) for CN235 aircraft and NC212 aircraft that are still operating in African countries.

PTDI has previously sold two second-hand standard transport CN235-220s to Senegal, which were delivered in 2010 and 2011, although one of those appears to have been almost immediately sold on to Guinea.  A third CN235-220, this time in MPA configuration, ordered for Senegal by AD Trade Belgium on November 6, 2014, left Bandung on delivery to Senegal on December 27, 2016, arriving at Dakar, Senegal on January 9, 2017.  More recently, on August 8, 2017, AD Trade Belgium signed a contract to purchase another CN235-220 MPA from PTDI for Senegal, but this has yet to be delivered.