South Korea's coastguard will induct four Indonesian Aerospace-built CN-235-220 maritime patrol aircraft in 2011.

Two of the new aircraft will enter service in April, and two in August, says the service. According to a report by South Korea's official Yonhap news agency, the four aircraft were purchased in 2008 for $100 million.

According to IAe, the aircraft has a pressurised cabin and is powered by two General Electric CT7-9C engines, each driving four-bladed propellers. The aircraft has a fuel capacity of 4,000kg (8,820lb) and an endurance of 8-10h. The CN-235 is capable of performing short take-off and landing operations, and has a maximum take-off weight of 16,100kg.

The South Korean air force operates 20 CN-235s, 12 produced by Airbus Military and eight by IAe.

Source: Flight International