C295 aircraft

Airbus Military has received a contract for the delivery of additional EADS CASA C-295 military tactical transport aircraft to the Egyptian Air Force (EAF).

Representing an overall third order, the latest contract covers the delivery of six C295, bringing the total number of aircraft ordered to date by the air force to 12.

The contract also includes provision of associated spare parts and support equipment, as well as training and field support to the air force.

Airbus Military Commercial senior VP Antonio Rodriguez Barberan said the contract reaffirms the Egyptian defence ministry’s confidence, as well as demonstrating the company’s ability to provide customer specific products.

"The C295 is exactly the kind of workhorse required for current and future airlift missions, and the most cost-efficient complement to heavy transport aircraft," Barberan added.

"Representing an overall third order, the latest contract covers the delivery of six C295."

The selection of the aircraft was based upon its combat proven versatility, robustness and efficiency for daily transport missions, as well as ease of maintenance and low operational costs.

An initial batch of three C295 aircraft was ordered by EAF for tactical and logistical transport operations in October 2010.

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW127G turboprop engines, the C-295 is a tactical military transport aircraft designed to perform tactical airlift, search and rescue (SAR) and maritime patrol and environmental surveillance missions.

Capable of conducting short take-offs and landing on semi-prepared runways, the aircraft also enables easy loading of mission pallets, passengers, cargo and litters for medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), communication and logistical duties, or paratrooping operations.

Around 93 C295s out of a total 115 ordered aircraft have been delivered by Airbus to 15 different operators worldwide, including Algeria, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Finland, Jordan, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

Deliveries under the new contract are scheduled to commence from the end of 2013.

Image: The EAF’s first C295 aircraft during its handover ceremony in September 2011. Photo courtesy of (c) Airbus Military.