Britten-Norman BN-2B-26 Islander
in Armed Forces of Malta service


One BN.2B-26 Islander acquired second-hand from the civil market and delivered in December 1995. Later modified with a larger nose to house a search radar. A second example, (a BN-2T), was brought at the end of 1997 and modified to BN-2B-26 standard by PBN before being delivered in 1998. No radar is fitted on the second aircraft. Used for patrolling the fishing zone, monitoring pollution, and anti-smuggling and airborne policing duties.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
AS9516 2159   1995 Initially serialled 9H-ACU.
AS9819 2156 G-LIPP 1998 Initially serialled 9H-ADF.


Islander AS9516 with radar nose.
(photo: Flight Sgt. Larry Spiteri via

More Information


  • World Air Power Journal No.9
  • European Air Forces Directory 2001/02 (Mach III)
  • Air Pictorial April 2002
  • World Air Power Journal No.37 p.5
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)
  • Scramble Military Database

Other Sources

To be added.