Panama’s National Naval-Air Service (Servicio Nacional Aeronaval: SENAN) has received a new Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft, the service announced on 7 December.
The country’s Ministry of Security reported that the platform cost USD9.5 million and was financed with the funds retrieved by the Panamanian government from Finmeccanica (now Leonardo) over a controversial radar contract.
SENAN added that the Beechcraft (serial AN-401) will expand its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, in addition to carrying out search-and-rescue operations. President Juan Carlos Varela stressed that the aircraft will be a key addition to the fight against drug trafficking and organised crime in the country.
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