Textron Aviation has delivered another two special-mission Beechcraft King Air 350CERs to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s air and marine operations (AMO) for a total of 27 of the twin turboprops. “These two Multi-role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) aircraft will join a fleet of King Air 350 turboprops used to safeguard the United States as part of the coordinated application of AMO’s aviation and maritime law enforcement resources,” said Textron Aviation v-p of special mission sales Bob Gibbs.
“This represents the third and fourth Beechcraft King Air 350CER ordered for AMO in 2020,” Gibbs continued. “We are honored to provide these aircraft in support of AMO’s mission of protecting the United States.”
The airplanes come equipped with active and passive sensors and a communications suite that provides for ground interdiction operations, air-to-air intercepts, and medium-range maritime patrols. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-60A or optional PT6A-67A turbine engines and Hartzell four-blade propellers, the King Air 350CER is an extended-range version of the King Air 350i with an optional cargo door.