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Airbus Defence and Space officially delivered first C295 transport aircraft to the Philippines Air Force

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LIMA 2015
Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace exhibition

17 - 21 March 2015
Army Recognition Group at Langkawi, Malaysia
 
 
Airbus Defence and Space officially delivered first C295 transport aircraft to the Philippines Air Force
 
The Philippines Air Force has taken delivery of the first of three Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft ordered from Airbus Defence and Space, the company officially announced during Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition, which is held until Saturday March 21 in Langkawi (Malaysia).
     
The Philippines Air Force has taken delivery of the first of three Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft ordered from Airbus Defence and Space, the company officially announced during Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhitbition, which is held until Saturday March 21 in Langkawi (Malaysia).
Philippines Air Force's first Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft
(Credit: Airbus DS)
     
The aircraft was formally handed over in Seville, Spain where the final assembly line is located and is now being ferried to the Philippines. In Philippines Air Force service the C295 will play a key role in the modernization of the force´s transport fleet and will undertake a wide variety of military and humanitarian missions.

The C295 medium transport aircraft was formally handed over in Seville, Spain where the final assembly line is located and is now being ferried to the Philippines. In Philippines Air Force service the C295 will play a key role in the modernization of the force´s transport fleet and will undertake a wide variety of military and humanitarian missions.

Philippines Air Force spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Enrico Canaya said the plane is on its way to the Philippines. “It will still undergo an acceptance process,” he said. “This is a medium-lift plane, an equivalent of Fokker. This will be used in transporting cargos, disaster response,” Canaya said.

The Airbus C295 is a new generation, very robust and reliable, highly versatile tactical airlifter 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. First delivered in 2001, the C295 is a developed version of the well-known CN235, offering greater capacity and range.