The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has placed a new order to Airbus for the delivery of an additional C295 search-and-rescue (SAR) aircraft.
The latest deal constitutes the firming of an option included in an earlier contract signed in 2014 for the supply of three Airbus C295 aircraft.
With the completion of the delivery, the airforce will have a total of 15 units of the transport-configured Airbus C295 SAR aircraft currently in service with the FAB.
Once deployed, the three aircraft will serve alongside the fleet of 12 Airbus C295s already delivered to Brazil.
The first of the three C295s was delivered last year after the aircraft demonstrated its maritime patrol and search-and-rescue capabilities in a wide range of environments. It also recorded complete availability during its five-week tour through four continents.
The second C295 SAR will be delivered to the FAB next year and the third will be handed over in 2020.
The reliable and versatile Airbus C295 aircraft is an advanced fully certified tactical airlifter and is capable of performing a wide range of missions.
It is designed to carry out multi-role operations and combat missions across the world under all weather conditions day and night, from desert to maritime environments and from extremely hot to very cold temperatures.
With a range of 2,000nm, the aircraft can remain airborne for up to 11 hours, while it can carry 71 troops, 50 paratroops, and five pallets.