Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has taken delivery of the first of two CASA C212-400 transport aircraft on order.
The second C212-400 will come toward year’s end, says Airbus Military, adding that prior to these two aircraft the ministry already had a fleet of 11 C212s.
It says the ministry plans to use the new aircraft for cloud seeding. Thailand has experienced flooding in the south of the country this year and droughts in the north.
CASA C212s are built by Airbus Military in Spain, but the aircraft manufacturer announced last year that the C212 line eventually would shift to Indonesian Aerospace in Bandung. The C212 is the smallest and cheapest aircraft in the Airbus Military product lineup. The company wants to shift C212 manufacturing to Indonesia because manufacturing is cheaper there. But before doing that, Airbus Military first wants to secure firm orders for C212s from customers in Indonesia.