The Saudi Ministry of Defense has ordered five Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350Cs for use on medevac missions from a base in Riyadh.

The medevac King Air 350C is fitted with Lifeport stretcher systems and is based on the freighter version of the commercial aircraft, with a large cargo door. Deliveries will start within six months, taking the Saudi air ambulance fleet to more than 30 aircraft.

“These sales reflect the strength of the King Air in the special-mission role,” says Ted Farid, Hawker Beechcraft’s vice president, new business development. “The King Air has been a popular choice over the years for such missions as training for both pilots and rear crew, flight inspection, maritime and overland surveillance, and utility/VIP.”

Maj Gen Hamad Hassoun, director of Medevac for the Ministry of Defense and Aviation, says: “We evaluated a number of aircraft around the world for this mission and no other aircraft available could meet our needs for operations in and out of unimproved airports with the loads the King Air 350 can carry.”

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Source: Flight Daily News