Angola acquires Citation MPA

The Angolan Air Force is operating a second-hand Cessna Citation jet modified by Israel’s BIRD Aerosystems with sensors and communications for maritime surveillance. The Citation, built in 1979, was cancelled from the US register in January this year. It was then transferred to Megiddo Airfield in Israel for outfitting and was in Angola by August. Under a $20 million contract (believed to have been awarded in February 2015), the aircraft was fitted with Leonardo’s SeaSpray active electronically scanned array multimode surveillance radar and a Controp electro-optical sensor in a belly fairing. The aircraft also has an automatic identification system receiver and satellite communications systems for communicating with naval vessels and a ground-based command and control centre. It is believed that further aircraft will be obtained. Guy Martin