We´ve learned that the first CN 235 Persuader bought by the Mexican Navy has been spotted in Spain, at the EADS CASA Sevilla Facility.
The Mexican Navy bought four maritime surveillance CN 235 Persuader and two cargo C 295 aircraft.
The CN 235 Persuader is an all-weather maritime surveillance aircraft, developed by the Spanish EADS subsidiary CASA.
They can be equipped with a variety of radar systems such as the Raytheon Seavue or the Telephonics APS 143 OceanEye.
The CN 235 is also equipped whit an optronic forward looking infrared station FLIR Star Safire II. Both systems -the radar and the optronic station- are managed by the Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) developed also by EADS.
The CN 235’s and C 295’s were ordered directly by the Mexican Navy, and should not be confused with similar equipment that may arrive thanks to the Merida Initiative Anti Narcotics Cooperation Agreement.
It’s important to notice that the Mexican Navy already operates seven CASA C-212 maritime surveillance and patrol aircraft, which also incorporate the same ISR systems as the new Persuaders, such as the mentioned Fully Integrated Tactical System.