The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force & Air Defence has ordered five Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft, the company announced at the Dubai Airshow 2017.
The agreement takes the C295 orderbook past 200. The aircraft will serve with the UAE Air Force (UAEAF) replacing the existing CN235s still in operation. Deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Orders for the C295 in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region now total 51.
“The C295 is a tough and reliable aircraft that is thoroughly proven in the Middle East operating environment. Passing the milestone of 200 sales – now 203 following this order – is a clear demonstration of its widely recognized capabilities and excellent value. We look forward to placing many more C295s in this region and beyond”, said Bernhard Brenner, Airbus Defence and Space Head of Marketing & Sales.
The Airbus C295 (earlier EADS CASA C-295) is a twin-turboprop tactical military transport aircraft currently manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space in Spain.
It is a development of the Spanish – Indonesian transport aircraft CASA/IPTN CN-235, but with a stretched fuselage, 50% more payload capability and new PW127G turboprop engines.
The highly versatile tactical airlifter is able to carry up to nine tonnes of payload or up to 71 personnel, at a maximum cruise speed of 260 kt /480 km/h.
Fitted with a retractable landing gear and a pressurised cabin, it can cruise at altitudes up to 25,000 ft, while retaining remarkable short take-off & landing (STOL) performance from unprepared short, soft and rough airstrips, as well as low level flight characteristics.
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G turboprop engines, the C295 provides an excellent manoeuvrability, outstanding hot and high performance, low fuel consumption and consequently a very long endurance of up to eleven hours in the air.
The C-295 made its maiden flight in 1998. The first order came from the Spanish Air Force and the aircraft was delivered in 2001.
Thirty two nations operate the CN235/295 light/medium airlifters to complement their C-130-class aircraft, including Abu Dhabi, Brazil, France, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain and Turkey.