CBP Gets Two More Special Mission King Airs


The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is set to get two more King Air-based “ground interdictions and air-to-air intercept” aircraft this year. Based on the King Air 350CER, the CBP’s new additions carry a slew of specialized sensors, including marine-search radar and a collection of “electro-optical and infrared sensors.”

“These two Multi-role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) aircraft will join a fleet of King Air 350 turboprops used to safeguard the United States as part of the coordinated application of AMO’s aviation and maritime law enforcement resources,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president, Special Mission Sales. “This represents the third and fourth Beechcraft King Air 350CER ordered for AMO in 2020. We are honored to provide these aircraft in support AMO’s mission of protecting the United States.”

The CBP has a wide range of vehicles for border enforcement, ranging from the Lockheed P-3 Orion to single-engine Cessnas; it also has access to Predator drones, rotorcraft including the Sikorsky UH-60, and some pretty fast boats.

Marc Cook
KITPLANES Editor in Chief Marc Cook has been in aviation journalism for more than 30 years. He is a 4000-hour instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot with experience in nearly 150 types. He’s completed two kit aircraft, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Sportsman 2+2, and currently flies a 2002 GlaStar.

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  1. This article tells me what a MEA is, but not what the AMO is. I’m going to wager it’s something like Aviation Management Office or some such. And I wonder whether those “electro-optical and infrared sensors” might be used against citizens involved in non-violent protests petitioning their government for a redress of grievances. Just sayin’ ….

    • I googled it and also visited an AMO disambiguation page on Wikipedia – not listed.

      Regarding your question, if the answer is “yes,” then AMO must stand for Asset Mismanagement Office…