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Aircraft Stats:

Powerplant: 1 x 600 shp P&W Canada PT6A turboprop
Speed: 350 kph, 217mph mph
Range: 1 870km, 1,162miles
Seats: 1+13
Length: 11.46m, 37ft 7in
Span: 15.90m, 1ft 1in
Empty Weight: 1 752kg, 3,862lb
Max T/O Weight: 3 629kg, 8,000lb
Period of Service: 1988 - Current

208 Caravan

Status: Current
Manufacturer: Cessna
Country of Manufacture: United States
Role: Light Tranport

The Caravan is a single-engine, fixed gear short-haul regional and utility aircraft. It typically seats nine passengers, with a one-person crew.

The SAAF acquired the type in 1988. They were first operated with civilian registration (ZS-) numbers.

In 2007 the SAAF awarded a contract on Aerosud and Denel under Project Koiler for a day/night reconnaissance system for the C208.The contract involved the acquisition of three sets of mission equipment and the modification of 11 aircraft, utilising the Argos 410-Z day/night observation pod.

The contracted Argos 410-Z sensor configuration includes the latest generation Carl Zeiss Optronics mid-wave ATTICA thermal imager (FLIR), a 3-CCD daylight TV Camera with powerful Zoom Lens, eye-safe Laser Range Finder, Autotracker, and Mission Awareness Positioning System (MAPS). The MAPS function provides the system operator with GPS coordinates of objects of interest which is achieved by a high accuracy integrated Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU).


Cessna 208 3001 at AFB Ysterplaat 5 October 2005. Cessna 208 3003. Cessna 208 ZS-MLR in 1990, later becoming 3012. SAAF Cessna 208 on a UN mission.