Indonesian Air Force receives first C295 aircraft


C295 aircraft

Airbus Military has delivered two C295 military transport aircraft to the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) at its San Pablo facility in Seville, Spain.

The delivery forms part of the $325m contract signed with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) in February 2012, for the delivery of nine aircraft along with training systems to support the air force's transport missions in the region.

Rafael Tentor, Airbus Military Head of Programmes Light & Medium and Derivatives vice president, said the delivery represented a significant milestone in the company's collaboration with the Indonesian aerospace industry.

Designated as CN-295, the aircraft will be operated by the air force to conduct a wide range of operations, such as military, logistical, humanitarian and medical evacuation missions.

As part of the contract, the two companies will also set up a service and delivery centre and a final assembly line in Indonesia along with a joint venture to market the C295 in the region.

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW127G turboprop engines, the C-295 is an EADS CASA twin-turboprop tactical military transport aircraft designed to conduct tactical airlift, search & rescue (SAR), and maritime patrol and environmental surveillance missions.

A stretched derivative of the CN-235 transporter, the C-295 features characteristic high-wing, rear-loader design that enable easy loading of mission pallets, passengers, cargo, and litters for communication and logistic duties or paratrooping operations.

The final aircraft is scheduled for delivery in the middle of 2014.


Image: The Indonesian Air Force and Airbus Military officials during C295 aircraft handover ceremony in Seville, Spain. Photo: courtesy of Airbus Military.