The Armada de México – or actually the whole Mexican Navy Secretaría de Marina (SEMAR) – received the first of four ordered Beechcraft King Air 350ERs, Beechcraft’s mother company Textron Aviation announced on 15 July 2014 at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow.
The quartet of new turboprops will provide the Mexican Navy with a special mission capability to be used within the country’s borders. If you’re visiting the Farnborough, you can even take a look at the possibilities with the King Air 350ER, with Textron Aviation / Beechcraft having one on display with a flexible mission package that supports search and rescue, fishery inspection, pollution monitoring and seaway/shipping lane surveillance missions.
The Fuerza AeroNaval already flew a King Air C90 in the past, so the base type is not new to the service. The Mexican Naval Air Arm is buying even more from Beechcraft, with T-6C+ advanced trainers and light combat support aircraft to enter service just like with the Mexican Air Force.
The SEMAR Beechcraft King Air 350ERs will be stationed at Veracruz Naval Air Base. The remaining three aircraft on order will be delivered by the second quarter of 2015.
Source: Textron / Beechcraft