Peruvian Air Force to get one more Beechcraft 360C King Air

The Peruvian Ministry of Defense authorized the incorporation of an additional 10.9 million dollars in the budget of the Peruvian Air Force in order to acquire another Beechcraft 360C King Air, Alejo Marchessini reports in

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Peruvian Air Force to get one more Beechcraft 360C King Air Beechcraft 360C King Air  (Picture source: Textron Aviation)

This Beechcraft 360C King Air, which will be configured to carry out not only transport missions but also aeromedical evacuations (MEDEVAC), will be added to another acquired at the end of 2022 and is part of the "Aircraft Acquisition for the Improvement of the Air Transport Service with Aircraft" Program. Light at the Armando Revoredo Iglesias FAP Base” (Code No. 2486632), Alejo Marchessini writes.

The first Beechcraft 360C King Air was acquired by the Peruvian Air Force, through the Armed Forces Purchasing Agency (ACFFAA), which awarded Textron Aviation Inc. a contract, in the sole supplier modality, for an approximate amount of 13.3 million dollars. After its delivery, scheduled for the first quarter of 2024, it will become part of Air Group No. 8.

The Beechcraft 360C KingAir is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft (two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT-6A-60A engines, each developing 1,050 HP) designed and manufactured by Beechcraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation. It is part of the KingAir family of aircraft, which are known for their versatility, performance, and reliability.

The 360C KingAir has a sleek and modern design, with a spacious cabin that can comfortably seat up to eight passengers. It has a maximum range of 4,986 km and can fly at a cruising speed of 280 knots (maximum cruising speed: 561 km/h).

The cockpit of the Beechcraft 360C KingAir is equipped with the latest avionics technology, including a Garmin G1000 integrated flight deck system, which provides pilots with a wealth of information to help them fly safely and efficiently. The aircraft also has a range of safety features, including weather radar, terrain awareness and warning systems, and traffic collision avoidance systems.

The aircraft has a cargo hatch and accommodates, depending on the configuration, 2 pilots and 11 passengers, or two stretchers.

The Peruvian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea del Perú or FAP) is the aerial warfare branch of the Peruvian Armed Forces. It was founded on May 20, 1929, and is one of the oldest air forces in the Americas.

The Peruvian Air Force has a total strength of around 9,500 personnel, including both uniformed and civilian personnel. Its fleet consists of a variety of aircraft, including fighter jets, transport planes, helicopters, and training aircraft. Some of the notable aircraft in the FAP's inventory include the Mirage 2000, Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot, C-27J Spartan, and the Mi-25 Hind.