Cessna has recently received certification for hard point provisions for the Cessna Grand Caravan EX.
These hard points give owners additional mission capabilities, such as extended range with additional fuel tanks, increased cargo space, agricultural operations and the ability to configure the aircraft for missions that require armament, company officials explained.
The Grand Caravan EX is particularly well suited for a wide array of operations due to its easily reconfigurable cabin, high useful load of more than 3,500 pounds, large cargo door and the ability to operate from short, unimproved surfaces, Cessna officials said.
Cessna offers the Caravan and Grand Caravan EX with the option to modify both models with floats for amphibious operations. The fleet of more than 2,500 Caravans is now certified in 100 countries with more than 13 million flight hours amassed since the aircraft was introduced. Caravans fulfill roles for multiple missions, ranging from flight training to recreation, commuter airlines to VIP transport, cargo carriers and humanitarian missions.