US-company IOMAX has begun delivering on its contract to supply the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 24 Archangel Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA), a company official toldIHS Jane’s on 14 June.

Speaking at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, IOMAX chief executive officer (CEO) Ron Howard said that the first of the twin-seat turboprop strike and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft is being ferried to the UAE during the week of the show. Deliveries will then proceed at a rate of one aircraft per month through to January 2016, at which time production will ramp up to two aircraft per month through to the end of the contract.

The commencement of deliveries comes just seven months after the contract with the UAE was announced. At that time, IOMAX said that it was building the Archangel to UAE-specifications to replace the IOMAX AT-802 Block 2 BPAs currently in service. The emirate had originally received 24 Block 1 and Block 2 BPAs, of which six Block 1 aircraft were later donated to Jordan. The entire Block 1 and Block 2 fleet will now be replaced by the Archangel (which was originally designated the Block 3 BPA). […]