Airbus Defence and Space has been awarded a contract to deliver C-295 military tactical transport aircraft for the Ecuadorian Air Force.
The contract, whose value remains undisclosed, covers the supply of a total of three Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft, and provision of a full in service support (FISS) package for the operation and maintenance of the fleet.
Expected to be used for military and humanitarian missions, the C295s join the Ecuadorean Army’s two Airbus C212s and two Airbus CN235s, and the Ecuadorean Navy’s two CN235s for operations in difficult and challenging flying conditions.
Specific operations to be performed by the aircraft include military and civilian personnel transport, and the provision of support to populations in remote areas or in emergency situations.
Airbus Military military aircraft commercial head Antonio Rodríguez Barberán said: "We are very proud that Ecuador, after a successful experience with our aircraft, has placed this repeat order which demonstrates that the complete range of Airbus products can cover the needs of all the military arms of a country."
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW127G turboprop engines, the C-295 is a stretched derivative of the CN-235 transporter, and is designed to perform tactical airlift, search-and-rescue (SAR), maritime patrol and environmental surveillance missions.
The aircraft can conduct short take-offs and landing on semi-prepared runways, and has a high-wing, rear-loader design that enables easy loading of mission pallets, passengers, cargo and litters for medical evacuation, communication and logistic duties or paratrooping operations.
Launched in 2001, the medium-sized tactical airlifter has been sold to Algeria, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, Jordan, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
The Ecuadorian Air Force already took delivery of the first aircraft at the Airbus Defence and Space plant in Seville, Spain, last week, while the remaining two aircraft are scheduled to be handed over later this year.
Image: An Ecuadorian Air Force’s first C-295 tactical transport aircraft in flight. Photo: © 2013 Airbus Defence and Space.