Airbus Military ready for 100th C295 delivery
Royal Air Force of Oman shows its first aircraft at Paris Airshow
Madrid, 19 June 2013
Airbus Military is ready to deliver the 100th example of its market-leading C295 medium transport/surveillance aircraft to the Royal Air Force of Oman and celebrated this milestone at the Paris Airshow today in the presence of the Omani Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs, H. E. Sayyid Badr bin Saood Al Busaidi, and Domingo Urena-Raso, President and CEO of Airbus Military. The official transfer of title will take place from Seville immediately after the airshow. The aircraft is the first of eight ordered last year by the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) and is configured for tactical transport operations. It will be used for initial training at Seville, Spain, where it was assembled, before transferring to Oman later in the year.
The RAFO has ordered a combination of aircraft in transport and maritime patrol configurations, the latter featuring Airbus Military’s proprietary Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS). The associated integrated logistic system (ILS) support package contracted by Oman also includes a full-flight simulator to be delivered next year.
A total of 121 C295s has been ordered and it is in service in 15 countries with which it has accumulated more than 150,000 flight hours in the most demanding conditions from extreme cold to hot deserts, as well as low-level maritime operations. Seven customers have placed repeat orders, cementing the C295’s position as the clear market leader in its segment.
The new generation C295 is the ideal aircraft for defence and civic mission to the benefit of society, such as humanitarian actions, maritime patrol, and environmental surveillance missions, amongst others. Thanks to its robustness and reliability, and with simple systems, this medium sized tactical airlifter provides wide versatility and flexibility, necessary for personnel, troop and bulky/palletized cargo transportation, casualty evacuation, communication and logistic duties or certified air-dropping capabilities. Its mix of dual technology civil/military equipment ensure success on demanding tactical mission, growth potential for future equipment as well as compatibility with the latest civil airspace environment. The C295 is part of Airbus Military’s family of light and medium airlifters which also includes the smaller NC212i and CN235 platforms. In the fourth quarter of 2014 Airbus Military will introduce the C295W, featuring as standard winglets and higher engine power ratings, giving increased performance in all flight phases and lower fuel burn.