Airbus Defence and Space has presented a new variant of its C295 military transport aircraft at the Dubai Airshow this year.

The new C295 has been designed for armed intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

An undisclosed number of C295 Armed ISR aircraft have already been delivered to an unidentified customer, Airbus stated.

The aircraft delivery also includes two 12.7mm light machine guns and mounts, which were supplied by Nobles Worldwide and US Ordnance and will be mounted on the paratroop side doors, according to the company.

Airbus Defence and Space Military Aircraft head Fernando Alonso said: “The development of further applications for the C295, as well as our other aircraft, is a key element of our strategy for the future.

“The remarkable flexibility designed into the C295 makes it a superb platform for a wide range of mission-specific configurations.”

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Airbus also showcased weapons, which have been selected for integration onto the aircraft.

The company has signed agreements with air-to-surface weapon suppliers, including Roketsan, Expal, Escribano, Equipaer, Rheinmetall, Nobles Worldwide, and US Ordnance.

These agreements would pave way for flight-trials to qualify their products to equip the C295.

"The remarkable flexibility designed into the C295 makes it a superb platform for a wide range of mission-specific configurations."

Roketsan’s L-UMTAS anti-tank missile is to undergo airborne carriage trials.

Roketsan also provides Cirit laser-guided missile and Teber-82 laser bomb-guidance kit.

Rheinmetall’s BK 27 autocannon provides a heavier door-mounted option, targeted by Escribano’s Door Gun System.

Expal is displaying its CAT-70 (2.75in) rockets and Mk 82 warhead, while Equipaer has its CAT 70 multiple rocket launcher on display.