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Mali orders one Airbus C295W medium military airlifter

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Mali orders one Airbus C295W medium military airlifter
 
Airbus Defence and Space has secured its first order in 2016 for the market-leading C295W transport and mission aircraft, the aircraft manufacturer announced at Singapore Airshow 2016. Mali becomes the 23rd nation to order the C295 with an order for one winglet-equipped C295W model, now the standard version, in transport configuration for the Mali Air Force. Delivery is due in the second half of this year.
     
Mali orders one Airbus C295W medium military airlifter 640 001Airbus C295W medium military aircraft landing at La Paz airport 
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Head of Marketing and Sales, 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.

The newly ordered C295W aircraft will highly increase Mali Air Force transport capabilities, currently composed of a sole Basler BT-67 airlifter.

The new generation C295 is the ideal aircraft for defence and civic missions to the benefit of society, such as humanitarian actions, homeland security, and environmental surveillance. Thanks to its robustness and reliability, simple systems, and optimal cabin, 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, and air-dropping. Its flexible design, long endurance and modern systems have made it an outstanding platform for a wide range of ISR roles including anti-submarine and ship warfare, airborne early warning, and maritime surveillance. The C295 is part of the Airbus Defence and Space family of light and medium airlifters which also includes the earlier C212 and smaller CN235 platforms. Airbus Defence and Space now offers the C295W, featuring as standard winglets and higher engine power ratings, giving increased performance in all flight phases and lower fuel burn.