Textron Aviation’s Cessna Aircraft unit has been awarded a $24 million contract by the Air Force.
According to information from the Defense Department, the contract calls for Cessna to provide six 208B Grand Caravan EX turboprop airplanes to the U.S. Africa Command and Pacific Command areas for use in counterterrorism.
Specifically, the aircraft will be used in Chad, Cameroon and the Philippines under the Air Force’s Building Partnership Capacity C-208B Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Program.
The contract also calls for Cessna to provide three spare Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140 engines, and aircraft spares and ground handling equipment.
The work will be done in Wichita and is to be completed by Sept. 30, 2017.
First flown in 1985 and now comprising two models, the Caravan and the Grand Caravan EX, the utility turboprop is a robust product for the Wichita company, accounting for 18 percent of all its aircraft deliveries in the first half of 2016.
Last year, Textron Aviation reached a milestone with the delivery of its 2,500th Caravan.
And last month, the company announced plans to move its Caravan production line from is West Campus in Wichita to its plant in Independence. The move will free up space for production of the Cessna Denali, a new, single-engine turboprop.
Textron Aviation has not announced a date for the move.