BAe146 CCMk2 & CMk3

The BAe146 CCMk2 andCMk3 are operated by No 32 (The Royal) Squadron in the Command Support AirTransport (CSAT) role.

Excellent short field performance, tactical approach capability, a fulldefensive countermeasures suite and the discrete appearance of the BAe146enable the transportation of high priority personnel and cargo to high threatareas worldwide.

The BAe146 CCMk2 and CMk3 enables No 32 (The Royal) Squadron to deliver a safe, secure and responsive Command Support Air Transport (CSAT) capability for senior military commanders, Government Ministers and occasionally the Royal Family. CSAT is the movement of small groups of high priority personnel or cargo by air and the BAe146 provides UK defence with rapid and direct transportation to support operations, Government interests and enable key leadership engagement worldwide. With an extensive suite of defensive countermeasures, excellent short field performance, discrete markings and crews trained in steep tactical approach profiles, this platform can operate into high threat areas and austere locations. The BAe146 complements 32 Squadron’s UK based rotary wing CSAT asset enabling the right people get to the right place at the time of their choosing.


  • Engines: 4 Avco Lycoming ALF502R-5 turbofans
  • Thrust: 6970lbs each
  • Max speed: 430kts
  • Length: 28m
  • Max altitude: 31,000ft
  • Span: 26m
  • Aircrew: 4


No 32 (The Royal) Squadron operate four BAe146 aircraft to deliver a fixed wing CSAT capability. The two CCMk2s are normally operated in a 30-seat configuration whereas the CMk3 variants have a multi-role capability. This variant was procured as part of an Urgent Operational Requirement to provide Tactical Air Transport in support of Operation HERRICK in Afghanistan. These aircraft are equipped with a cargo door, which enables the configuration to be changed from a 98-seat passenger fit to palletized freight within 30 minutes. In the freight mode the CMk3s are capable of carrying up to 8 tonnes of cargo. The CCMk2 and CMk3 now both operate in the CSAT role. The airframe variants complement each other excellently enabling 32 (The Royal) Squadron to move small numbers of high priority personnel or cargo by air anywhere in the world.

All four BAe146 aircraft are fitted with an extensive defensive counter measures suite, which enables it to be operated to high threat areas throughout the world. The design of the aircraft allows it to carry out steep tactical approach profiles and operate from small, austere airfields with runways as short at 3,500ft in length and only 60ft wide. With its discrete markings and a cabin configured to enable high priority passengers to conduct their business whilst in flight, the BAe146 is an essential enabler for key leadership engagement anywhere in the world.

BAE 146 recognition

Underwing mounted engines in four nacelles (1), slightly swept wings mounted on top of the fuselage, dropping towards the wing tips. Distinctive trailing edge wing fillets. The fuselage is circular in section with bulges on the lower side to accommodate the undercarriage. The rectangular fin and rudder is slightly swept with a T-tailplane mounted on the top of the fin (2). There are sideways opening airbrakes below the rudder.

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