Monday, 17 September 2012

Colombia orders another Airbus Military C295

Colombia has signed a contract with Airbus Military for the acquisition of an additional C295 aircraft in a tactical transport configuration. Delivery is scheduled for February 2013.

The aircraft will be operated by the Colombian Air Force on military transport and humanitarian aid missions.

This new C295 will strengthen the capability of the Colombian Air Force by joining the four-strong C295 fleet that the CAF has been operating since 2008. The CAF also operates three Airbus Military CN235-200 transport aircraft.

“We are very proud of this repeat contract with Colombia which clearly demonstrates the satisfaction of our customer with our aircraft”, said Antonio Rodríguez-Barberán, Senior Vice President Commercial. “This latest order underlines Airbus Military´s leadership in this segment after achieving more than 100 orders worldwide”, he added.

This new deal means that 114 C295s have now been ordered, with 86 currently in operation in 14 countries.

The attached photograph shows a previously delivered C295 of the Colombian Air Force.

THE C295

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 include the smaller C212 and CN235 platforms.

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