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PAL Aerospace extends contract with Netherlands


Published on July 12, 2017

PAL Aerospace announced a $30-million, two-year contract extension with the Government of the Netherlands on Wednesday, ensuring surveillance and search and rescue capabilities are provided to the Caribbean region until February 2020.

“PAL Aerospace has a strong partnership with the Government of the Netherlands — one of Canada’s allies in operations around the world,” Brian Chafe, chief executive officer of PAL Group, stated in a news release. “We are committed to assisting the Netherlands with the delivery of key capabilities and we are honoured this important client appreciates our approach to providing a flexible, proven, reliable and low-risk solution.”

PAL Aerospace is a Canadian aerospace and defence company. The company owns and operates two Dash 8 aircraft based in Curacao on behalf of the Netherlands.

This contract offers services that protect the Caribbean region by providing actionable intelligence concerning illegal immigration, illegal fishing and drug operations to law enforcement.

PAL Aerospace, in co-operation with Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, has held the contract since 2008.

“I can say that I am extremely pleased with the continuation of the current contract with PAL Aerospace. As an intelligence-collecting asset, the Dash 8 is a critical enabler for our intelligence-based operations,” Brigadier-General de Vin, the senior Dutch military commander in the Caribbean region, stated in the release.

Governments and militaries have recognized PAL Aerospace for its on-time and on-budget delivery, and high reliability rates, Chafe stated, and this positive reputation has allowed the company to grow globally, and to have on-going operations around the world.