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Dubai Airshow 2019: UAE-based Calidus secures domestic COIN aircraft order

20 November 2019
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Seen for the first time at the Dubai Airshow in 2017, the UAE-developed Calidus B-250 is a light attack COIN aircraft provisioned with an EO/IR sensor and seven hardpoints. The UAE AF & DF has become the first customer, with an order for 24 announced on 20 November. (Collins Aerospace)Seen for the first time at the Dubai Airshow in 2017, the UAE-developed Calidus B-250 is a light attack COIN aircraft provisioned with an EO/IR sensor and seven hardpoints. The UAE AF & DF has become the first customer, with an order for 24 announced on 20 November. (Collins Aerospace)

United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Calidus has secured the first order for its B-250 turboprop aircraft designed for light attack counter-insurgency (COIN).

The order, announced at the Dubai Air Show on 20 November, covers 24 aircraft and associated services for the UAE Air Force and Defence (UAE AF & AD) and is valued at AED2.27 billion (USD620 million). No details pertaining to delivery timelines or in-service dates were disclosed.

First revealed at the same event in 2017, the B-250 is a single-engined, tandem twin-seat aircraft that is being developed in the UAE by Calidus with input from Brazilian company Novaer.

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