Textron delivers modified Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft to Japcon

26 February 2021 (Last Updated February 26th, 2021 15:01)

Textron Aviation has delivered a Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft equipped with multiple special mission modifications to Japcon.

Textron delivers modified Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft to Japcon
The King Air 350i aircraft will enter service as a liaison/reconnaissance (LR-2) aircraft. Credit: Textron Aviation.

Textron Aviation has delivered a Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft equipped with multiple special mission modifications to Japcon.

The aircraft received a removable, belly mounted Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) installation, forward executive cabin, as well as communications equipment and racks.

The King Air 350i aircraft will undergo further modifications in Japan, including a medical configuration.

The aircraft will be owned and operated by the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF).

It will enter service as a liaison/reconnaissance (LR-2) aircraft, which is the JGSDF’s only fleet of fixed-wing aircraft.

Textron Aviation Special Mission Sales vice-president Bob Gibbs said: “We are honoured to expand our relationship with the JGSDF.

“This aircraft will join a fleet of seven other LR-2 King Air 350 turboprops, which has provided reliable service for more than 20 years.”

The LR-2 provides transportation service between airfields across Japan.

In addition to a reconnaissance camera, the new LR-2 aircraft features devices for video transmission and infrared (IR) night-vision.

These video transmission features allow the aircraft to enhance its capacity in gathering visual information.

Gibbs added: “The LR-2 fleet has been serving an enduring mission by providing transport, reconnaissance, and medical evacuation operations in Japan.

“When the JGSDF needed a modern aircraft with low direct operating costs, it again chose the Beechcraft King Air 350 platform.”

The LR-2 aircraft will be operated by the JGSDF Communication and Reconnaissance Squadron Renraku Teisatsu Hikotai, based at Kisarazu Airfield in Japan’s Chiba Prefecture.