The French Common Directorate of Armaments (DGA) awarded joint contractors Sabena Technics Bod and Thales Avs France SAS a framework settlement regarding the renovation of the cockpit of the French Air Drive CN235-200 and CN235-300, the oldest of which has been in service since 1992. The framework settlement consists of the agency a part of the event, qualification and certification of the avionics modification of the CN235 and the supply on the finish of 2026 of a prototype for every of the two variations of the plane, one similar to the CN235 model -200 and the opposite to the CN235-300 model.

The agency a part of the contract quantities to 107 million euros together with tax. The target is to interchange the present avionics of plane with fashionable avionics permitting their operation till 2040. The target of this improve is to carry the plane into compliance with the brand new worldwide air navigation requirements to allow them to proceed to combine into civil air visitors by rising navigation precision and changing out of date gear. The renovation may also enhance navigation efficiency for tactical missions. The modernization of all 27 plane within the fleet will happen between 2026 and 2031.


The CASA/IPTN CN-235 is a medium-range twin-engined transport plane that was collectively developed by CASA of Spain (now Airbus Navy) and Indonesian producer IPTN (now PTDI) The overwhelming majority of CN-235s have been produced for army clients, a number of airways have opted to purchase restricted numbers for regional companies as effectively. Along with the usual plane, specialised CN-235s have been configured into armed gunships and maritime patrol plane. Over 230 of all variations of CN-235 are in service, and the kind has reportedly amassed greater than 500,000 flight hours. Its largest person is Turkey, which operates 59 plane.

The French Air Drive CN235 fleet, divided into 19 CN235-200 and eight CN235-300, is operated in mainland France, abroad and within the context of exterior operations for help to the inhabitants, search and rescue, medical and sanitary evacuations, logistics transport with the flexibility to land on tough runways and troop and cargo drop missions. CN-235-200 is Spanish-built and nonetheless in manufacturing. CN-235-300 is a CASA modification of 200/220 sequence, with the Honeywell Worldwide Corp. avionics suite. Different options embrace improved pressurization and provision for elective twin-nosewheel set up.