The Metro III is a short haul cargo aircraft capable of transporting 2,000 kg via an internal pallet system. Cargo pallets require a forklift or baggage belt to access its main deck.
AMetro III aircraft was modified for the Colombian Air Force for counternarcotics reconnaissance purposes. The Colombian National Police also operates several Metro 23 aircraft for counternarcotics reconnaissance purposes. In addition, the Peruvian Air Force operates a Metro 23 and the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard operates a Metro III, both similarly configured.
Aircraft of similar role, configuration and era: Beechcraft 1900, British Aerospace Jetstream, Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante.