A new aircraft type to Royal Air Force service is to be named the ‘Envoy IV’ in “a nod both to its crucial role in defence diplomacy and to previous Envoy aircraft in RAF service”.
The Royal Air Force say here that two new Dassault 900LX aircraft have been purchased to replace the BAe146 aircraft that were withdrawn from Service in March.
“The new Envoy aircraft will be based at RAF Northolt with No 32 (The Royal) Squadron, initially under contract with Centreline AV Ltd. For the first two years, the aircraft will be operated by mixed crews of RAF and Centreline staff, before upgrading to a full military and operational capability in 2024.”
Air Vice-Marshal Simon Edwards, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Strategy), was quoted as saying:
“I am delighted to be able to announce the naming of our new Command Support Air Transport aircraft as the Envoy IV. The name reflects our proud heritage, heralds the arrival of a new aircraft type, and recognises its important mission. The fleet – and those who make it fly – play a key role in the future of UK Defence, moving quicky to build and strengthen partnerships, relationships and influence across the globe.”