Mali to acquire Airbus-built C295W aircraft

17 February 2016 (Last Updated February 17th, 2016 18:30)

The Mali Defence Ministry has awarded a contract to Airbus Defence and Space to deliver a C295W transport and mission aircraft.

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The Mali Defence Ministry has awarded a contract to Airbus Defence and Space to deliver a C295W transport and mission aircraft.

Under the terms of the deal, the company will deliver one winglet-equipped C295W model in transport configuration for the Mali Air Force.

Delivery under the contract will take place in the second half of this year.

Airbus Defence and Space marketing and sales head Jean-Pierre Talamoni said: "This order from Mali reflects the C295W's proven ability to handle the exceptionally harsh operating conditions encountered in sub-Saharan Africa."

In a separate development, the company has delivered the third and final Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft from the final assembly line at Seville, Spain to the Philippines Air Force.

"This order from Mali reflects the C295W's proven ability to handle the exceptionally harsh operating conditions encountered in sub-Saharan Africa."

The aircraft, which were ordered as a part of a modernisation effort of the force´s transport fleet, will be used for wide range military and humanitarian missions.

Equipped with 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 is capable of conducting 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.

Currently, the medium-sized tactical airlifter has been sold to Algeria, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, Jordan, Poland, Portugal and Spain.


Image: The C-295 is a stretched derivative of the CN-235 transporter. Photo: © Airbus DS GmbH 2015.