The Pakistan Army Aviation Corps (PAA) took delivery of two Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX and four Cessna T206H Stationair aircraft from the U.S. on Friday, March 31.
Pakistan ordered the six aircraft in April 2016 under a U.S. $14.09 million contract that includes the aircraft as well as a two-year maintenance and support package.
The PAA will use the Grand Caravan EX and Stationair for medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) purposes. The Grand Caravan EX can carry 14 persons in its cabin and is designed to operate from unprepared runways, which will be valuable in the Northern Areas and Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
The Grand Caravan EX has a payload capacity of 1,520 kg. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140 turboprop engine, providing a maximum cruise speed of 361 km/h and ferry range of 1,785 km.
In its MEDEVAC configuration, the Grand Caravan EX can carry two stretchers and five cabin occupants. It can also be equipped for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
The Cessna T206H Stationair HD is a smaller aircraft than the Grand Caravan EX. It can carry six occupants and has a payload capacity of 667 kg. The Stationair is powered by a Lycoming TIO-540-AJ1A piston engine, providing a maximum cruise speed of 298 km/h and maximum range of 1,302 km. As per Cessna, the Stationair HD can be configured for MEDEVAC, search and rescue (SAR) and ISR roles.