The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed a contract to procure “an enhanced squadron” of IOMAX Archangel Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA), the company told IHS Jane’s on 6 October.

The contract, which was awarded at the end of September, calls for the turboprop aircraft to be built to UAE-specifications to replace the IOMAX AT-802 Block 2 BPAs currently in service. The UAE Air Force & Air Defence (UAE AF & AD) originally received 24 Block 1 and Block 2 BPAs, of which six Block 1 aircraft have since been donated to Jordan. It is understood that this fleet will now be replaced by 24 Archangel aircraft (the previous Block 3 designation has been dropped by IOMAX as the extensive changes constitute an essentially new aircraft). […]