Dubai Airshow 2023: Textron Aviation Defense and Special Missions Show Region Expanded Capabilities

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Textron Aviation personnel engaged with Dubai Airshow attendees to show them firsthand how Defense and Special Missions aircraft serve the Middle East and African regions with expanded capabilities.


At the Dubai Airshow Site in the United Arab Emirates, Textron Aviation demonstrated how it is shaping the future of aerospace to a global audience, meeting the needs of people, governments and organizations.


Its diverse aircraft portfolio has been displayed and fit a wide variety of missions. On site have been the Beechcraft King Air 360 and Cessna Grand Caravan EX, which can be configured for multiple missions to include: mapping/aerial survey, intelligence surveillance & reconnaissance, maritime patrol/search and rescue, flight inspection, training, air ambulance, utility/transport, and much more  – landing on sand, gravel, grass in remote locations, along with traditional runways.


These aircraft lead the sector in range and perform well in high-temperature, difficult environments. Versatility and reliability answers the demand in this crucial sector, when lives are in the balance.


The team has led behind-the-scene tours and met with attendees to show how Textron Aviation is facilitating emergency responders within the region.


One particular area of interest was Textron Aviation’s support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s weather modification missions, including its recent contract award. In Defense, the Cessna SkyCourier, Grand Caravan and the King Air 360 and 260 were recently included in an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract award by the U.S. Army in support of foreign military sales. 


Endless Special Missions Possibilities

When government, military and commercial customers want airborne solutions for critical missions, they turn to Textron Aviation. The company’s aviation solutions provide the high performance and flight characteristics required to address the unique challenges of special missions operations.  With unparalleled quality, versatility and low operating costs, Textron Aviation products are chosen for air ambulance, ISR, utility transport, aerial survey, flight inspection, training and a number of other special operations.


About Textron Aviation

We inspire the journey of flight. For more than 95 years, Textron Aviation has empowered our collective talent across the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands to design and deliver the best aviation experience for our customers. With a range that includes everything from business jets, turboprops, and high-performance pistons, to special missions, military trainer and defense products, Textron Aviation has the most versatile and comprehensive aviation product portfolio in the world and a workforce that has produced more than half of all general aviation aircraft worldwide. Customers in more than 170 countries rely on our legendary performance, reliability and versatility, along with our trusted global customer service network, for affordable, productive and flexible flight.


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Textron is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Pipistrel, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit:


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