Significant expansion for Malagasy Air Force


The ‘new’ Malagasy Air Force CN235M-10, 5R-MUQ, arrives at Antananarivo, Madagascar. Two of the new AS350B2s are also visible in the background. Presidency of the Republic

THE ARMÉE de l’Air Malagache (Malagasy Air Force) recently took delivery of a CN235M-10, five Cessna 206 Stationairs and three AS350B2 Écureuil helicopters – all acquired second-hand. On June 24, the CN235, 5R-MUQ (c/n C008), flew in to Base Aéronavale Ivato- Antananarivo International Airport for a formal handover. It will be used for roles including troop transport, dispatching emergency aid for natural disasters and medical evacuation. The aircraft was originally operated by the Botswana Defence Force-Air Wing as serial OG1. It was then sold to US company Fayard Enterprises, being registered as N820CA in February 2011, before being flown to Lanseria, South Africa, for storage with Paramount Group pending a sale. A sale to the Force Aérienne Togolaise (Togolese Air Force), as 5V-MBM, fell through and it was instead registered to another US company, AvCorp, as N124CL in August 2013. This was cancelled in August 2014, following sale in South Africa as ZS-SOO, prior to eventual acquisition by Madagascar.

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