Rwanda is to receive two new aircraft to be used for medical evacuation and light transport missions during international peacekeeping operations throughout Africa, it was disclosed on 20 September.
A sources sought notification issued by the US Air Force (USAF) calls for two single-engined propeller-driven aircraft suitable for medical/casualty evacuation and patient transport, as well as passenger and light cargo movement.
Both aircraft are to be delivered in the paint scheme and livery of the Rwanda Air Force (Force Aerienne Rwandaise: FAR), and will be available for United Nations deployment in the Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan, or another location in Africa.
To be procured under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme, the aircraft shall be a current commercial design with an all-up weight no greater than 12,500 lb (5,670 kg); newbuild; fixed landing gear; and feature a high-wing configuration for maximum pilot visibility of the ground.
Performance parameters set out by the USAF include a short take-off and landing (STOL) capability of less than 2,500 ft (762 m) on a narrow austere strip 25-50 ft (7.62-15.24 m) wide, and the ability to fly in excess of 10,000 ft with a load of 3,500 lb (1,588 kg). It should have a 900 n mile (1,667 km) ferry range, and be able to fly 450 n miles (833 km) with 13 persons onboard (11 passengers and two crew) on internal fuel. External hardpoints and internal plumbing and electrical points to support auxiliary fuel tanks should also be fitted. The main cabin must accommodate up to two patient-care units and associated patients, or 11 passengers.
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