CN-235M PNG Defence Force (photo : Asnet)
Papua New Guinea was hit by a devastating tidal wave in July 1998 which destroyed a vast tract of the country. Political unrest erupted after it emerged that the government had hired military advisors to help quell a long running civil war on the Papua New Guinea administrated island of Bougainville.
The air force supported the rescue missions aided by Australian forces. The PNGDF is tasked with transport and surveillance. The Nomads are equipped by Searchwater search radar and are used coastal patrol. The other types are used for transport and surveillance of the border with Irian Jaya. UH-1Hs were donated by the Australian Government.
PNGDF equipped with : N-22B Nomad/N-22SB 3/1 transport/patrol, Arava 3 transport/patrol, CN-235M 2 transport, UH-1H Iroquois 4 transport.
Sumber : Flight International