The Colombian navy has taken delivery of a third CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft from Airbus Military, 20 years after fielding its previous examples.

Pictured at the manufacturer’s San Pablo site near Seville, Spain, the modified -300-model medium transport is equipped with Airbus Military’s fully integrated tactical system mission suite, configured with two onboard operator stations.

It also carries a maritime search radar and turret-housed electro-optical/infrared camera.

 CN-235 MPA Colombia - Airbus Military
© Airbus Military 

In addition to its core maritime patrol task, Airbus Military says the new aircraft will also be suitable for duties such as economic exclusion zone monitoring, fisheries patrol and search and rescue.

Comprising two -200 production examples, Colombia’s existing fleet of CN-235 MPA entered use in 1990, says Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database.

The Colombian armed forces also operate the European company’s C-212 and C-295 transports.