Poland-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation has delivered the M28 short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft, manufactured at Sikorsky´s PZL Mielec Lockheed Martin facility, to the Ecuadorian Army, the company said.
The aircraft arrived in Ecuador following a trans-Atlantic flight from Poland. Delivered five months after contract award, the twin-engine turboprop will meet the Ecuadorian Army´s need for a proven multi-role transport aircraft that can perform in diverse climates and terrain.
The Ecuadorian Army contracted for the aircraft in April this year. PZL Mielec conducted training for Army pilots and mechanics, and a Polish crew piloted the aircraft 13,500 km via Iceland and Greenland, across the Atlantic Ocean to Canada, the United States and Central America to Shell Mera in Ecuador, where the aircraft was officially accepted by the Army.
The M28 aircraft weighs 7,500 kg (16,500 pounds) and can be equipped with 19 passenger seats, or transport up to 2,300 kg (5,000 pounds) of cargo, as well as perform parachute missions via the rear cabin door.
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