General Aviation Japcon Incorporated takes delivery of special missions King Air 350
Textron Aviation has delivered a new Beechcraft King Air 350i to Japcon Incorporated.
Recently, Textron Aviation has delivered a specially equipped Beechcraft King Air 350i to Japcon Incorporated. The operator will be performing flights on behalf of the Japan Ground Self Defence Force.
The modifications include a Forward-Looking Infrared installation, which is removable and belly-mounted. Furthermore, an executive cabin has been installed, as well as communications equipment and racks.
This King Air 350i will enter service as a liaison/reconnaissance (LR-2) aircraft and is being operated and owned by the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF).
Bob Gibbs, vice president, Special Mission Sales for Textron Aviation, commented: “We are honored to expand our relationship with the JGSDF. This aircraft will join a fleet of seven other LR-2 King Air 350 turboprops, which has provided reliable service for more than 20 years.”
Gibbs added: “The LR-2 fleet has been serving an enduring mission by providing transport, reconnaissance, and medical evacuation operations in Japan [...] When the JGSDF needed a modern aircraft with low direct operating costs, it again chose the Beechcraft King Air 350 platform.”
For JGSDF, this LR-2 will be the first and only fixed-wing aircraft to join the fleet and it will provide the operator the opportunity to perform transportation between airfields throughout Japan. The aircraft is specially suited for transporting emergency patients from remote islands.
The aircraft will be based at Kisarazu Airfield in the Chiba Prefecture and JGSDF Communication and Reconnaissance Squadron Renraku Teisatsu Hikotai will be performing the missions.
Textron Aviation´s King Air 350i is being powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60A engines with Hartzell four blade propellers and incorporates a fully integrated Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion digital avionics suite, which provides higher situational awareness and takes off pilot workload.
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