Air Platforms

Jamaica receives helos and MPA for national surveillance

23 November 2018

Jamaica has received a Beechcraft King Air 350 WR maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and two Bell 429 helicopters to improve surveillance of the Caribbean island’s territory. The platforms will be part of the newly created Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Maritime Air and Cyber Command.

A press release by the Jamaica Information Service issued in mid-November noted that these are the first two out of nine Bell helicopters to arrive. “The aircraft were acquired through collaborations with Sierra Nevada Corporation, Textron Aviation, and Bell,” the agency noted.

In January, the Jamaican Ministry of National Security announced that it planned to acquire three Bell 429, one Bell 412EPI, and two Bell 206B3 helicopters, along with four DA40 CS aircraft for training operations.

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