Britten-Norman Defender

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The Britten-Norman Defender is a multi-role utility transport aircraft, manufactured by Britten-Norman of the United Kingdom. It is the military version of the Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander, developed for roles such as utility transport, casualty evacuation, counter-insurgency and light attack, forward air control, patrol and reconnaissance. The term 'Britten-Norman Defender' relates to all militarized variants of the BN-2 product line including the BN-2 Piston Defender, BN-2T Turbine Defender (sometimes known as the Defender 2000), the BN-2T-4R Defender (also known as AEW Defender and highlighted by its large bulbous nose) and the stretched variant BN-2T-4S, designated Defender 4000 (sometimes known as D4K).


  • Defender: Multi-role utility transport aircraft.
  • Maritime Defender: Armed maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.
  • Defender 4000: Enhanced Defender for the urban surveillance, counter-terrorism and maritime surveillance roles.
  • AEW Defender: Airborne Early Warning variant of the Defender.


  • Denmark
    • Air Force Home Guard
  • Ireland
    • Garda Air Support Unit
  • Malta
    • Maltese Armed Forces
  • Mauritius
    • National Coast Guard
  • Morocco
    • Royal Moroccan Gendarmerie
  • Philippines
    • Philippine Navy
  • United Kingdom
    • Royal Air Force
    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

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