The Brazilian Air Force’s (FAB) first Airbus C295 search-and-rescue (SAR) aircraft has successfully completed its five-week demonstration tour.
As part of the assignment, the aircraft conducted formal demonstrations across four continents, before ending its trip at the Campo Grande military base in Brazil.
The aircraft was showcased at the 52nd annual Paris Air Show this year and began its marathon demonstration tour on 28 June.
The crew of the aircraft, which demonstrated its capabilities in maritime patrol and SAR operations, included pilots from the FAB and Airbus.
Before arriving in Brazil, the SAR aircraft recorded 100% availability during the tour through 15 countries, including Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Canada, and Mexico.
Airbus Defence and Space marketing and sales head Bernhard Brenner said: “We thank the Brazilian Air Force for their support in demonstrating the C295 to other nations around the world that share the same challenges of providing surveillance over vast areas of land and sea.
“The outstanding reliability shown by the aircraft during this extended deployment far from home clearly shows its value at a time when military forces are tasked with tackling a wide variety of threats and operating challenges on constrained budgets.”
The aircraft will now operate alongside the FAB’s existing fleet of 12 transport-configured C295s and will later be joined by a second SAR aircraft, Airbus stated.
Brazil contracted Airbus Defence and Space in 2014 to supply three C295 SAR aircraft for the country’s airforce.
Nearly 200 C295s have now been ordered by 25 countries.
Image: Airbus C295 SAR for Brazil ends its successful world tour. Photo: courtesy of Airbus SAS.