The Kazakhstan Defence Ministry's state enterprise Kazspetsexport has signed an agreement with Airbus Military for the supply of two C295 military tactical transport aircraft for the Kazakhstan Air Force.
The agreement also includes the supply of associated service support package for spare parts and ground support equipment.
The two companies also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the supply of an additional six C295 aircraft, for which separate firm contracts will be signed progressively over the next few years.
As per the MoU, Airbus will also provide the required technological know-how for the aircraft during the delivery period with the objective that the defence ministry will autonomously take over C295 support.
The first two aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by April 2013 and will be used to support transport missions throughout the nation for current and future air force missions.
The delivery schedule for the remaining six aircraft will be revealed in the following years.
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.
The C-295 is a stretched derivative of the CN-235 transporter, with characteristic high-wing, rear-loader design which allows for easy loading of mission pallets, passengers, cargo, and litters for medical evacuation, communication and logistic duties or paratrooping missions.
The aircraft is equipped with self-protection equipment including cockpit armour, radar warning receiver (RWR), missile approach warning system (MAWS), laser warning receiver (LWR) and chaff/flares dispensers.
Launched in 2001, the aircraft has been sold to customers and operators in Algeria, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, Jordan, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
Image: The Airbus Military C295 tactical transport aircraft will support the transport missions of the Kazakhstan Air Force.