Aircraft Photo of ZZ418 | Hawker Beechcraft 350CER Shadow R1 (300C) | UK - Air Force |
Registration / Serial:ZZ418
Aircraft Original Type:Beech 300/350 Super King Air
Aircraft Generic Type:Hawker Beechcraft 350 King Air (C-12)
Aircraft Version:Hawker Beechcraft 350CER Shadow R1 (300C)
Operator / Titles:UK - Air Force
C/n (msn):FM-17
City / Airport:KandaharMap
Airport Codes:ICAO: OAKN   IATA: KDH   Local: -   Other: -
Photo Date:9 February 2010
Photo by:Stephan de Bruijn
Photo ID: 161389
Photo Comment

As part of an urgent need to improve intelligence gathering in Afghanistan, the RAF commissioned an initial four Shadow R.Mk1s, based on the King Air 350CER, under an urgent operational requirement. Delivered to V(AC) Sqn in 2009, the Shadow features an underfuselage electro-optical sensor turret, a variety of integrated sensors and extensive communications capability, managed from operator consoles in the cabin. Number V(AC) Sqn's Shadow flight became 14 Sqn in 2011, after the former Tornado unit disbanded at RAF Lossiemouth, and was based at RAF Waddington.

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