The Fuerza de Aviación de la Marina de Guerra del Perú, or the Aviation Force of the Navy of Peru, formally started operations with the two Fokker F.50 maritime multipurpose aircraft on 21 November 2014.
During a special ceremony at Naval Air Station Lima-Callao the ex-Royal Netherlands Air Force aircraft were handed over, after they left the Netherlands on 17 November 2014. The aircraft were prepared by Fokker Technologies at Woensdrecht Airbase in the Netherlands before their transfer.
As a naval asset the aircraft can stay airborne for 7 hours, fly a maximum range of 1300 nautical miles (2400 km) and have a top speed of 270 knots. Amongst other upgrades the aircraft will operate Signal Intelligence equipment. They are powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW 127B Turbo propeller engines. They served with the RNLAF under registration U-05 and U-06 since 1996, being put up for sale in 2009 and were finally sold at the end of October 2014. The aircraft were kept in good shape, making a quick transfer to Peru possible.
The transfer will bring the total Peruvian Navy Fokker strength on six aircraft, as the Latin American country bought 2 Fokker F.60UTA-N (utility) and 2 Fokker F.60MPA (maritime patrol aircraft) in 2010 from the Netherlands.
© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, based on source information provided by the Marina de Guerra del Perú and the Netherlands Ministerie van Defensie