Nepal Army is set to receive 4 PZL M28 Skytruck, light cargo and passenger plane, as a grant from United States ‘Indo-Pacific Command’. The proposal from NA was accepted by the American Army and are about to grant 4 fixed-wing Skytruck aircraft. As per NA, those aircraft will arrive Nepal soon.
The market price of 4 Skytruck aircraft is approximately Nrs4 billion. The grant has been made possible after the visit of Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Gaurav Shamsher Rana and General Rajendra Chhetri to America.
General Rajendra Chhetri on his conclusion of 40 years long service in NA informed that the agreement for receiving the grant of 4 Skytruck has been made with the American side in his tenure.
Nepalese Army Aviation currently owns 10 aircraft which includes four MI-17, two Bell 206, two Écureuils and one Islander and one PZL M28 Sky truck. The defense force has recently sold its two Aérospatiale AS-332L-1 Super Puma an advanced chopper for VIPs to China. To expand the army aviation, new aircraft procurement is also going on.
NA has already purchased one AgustaWestland’s AW139 helicopter. Another European made H125 Helicopter which is also been purchased by NA is presently at Airbus Helicopter Facility, Singapore and is expected to join the Mid Air Base, 11 No Brigade soon.
The Nepalese Army is also progressive to induct three fixed winged aircraft, two Piper Archer general training aircraft from Piper Aircraft, Inc. USA and a CN235-220M Multipurpose aircraft from Indonesian aerospace manufacturer PT Dirgantara (PTDI).