Senegalese Air Force receives first of two C295 transport aircraft


The Senegalese Air Force received an Airbus C295 transport aircraft in a ceremony held at its base in Dakar on 28 July. A second C295 aircraft will be delivered in 2023.

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Senegalese Air Force receives first of two C295 transport aircraft 01 A multirole tactical transport aircraft equipped with the latest generation technologies, the CASA 295 has large personnel carrying capacities (Picture source: DIRPA)


With a proven capability of operating from short or unprepared airstrips, the C295 is used for tactical transport of up to 71 troops or 50 paratroopers, and for logistic operations to locations that are not accessible to current heavier aircraft. It can airdrop paratroops and loads and also be used for casualty or medical evacuation (medevac), as demonstrated during the COVID-19 crisis, using either basic litters or mobile intensive care units (ICU) with life support equipment. The aircraft can perform special missions as well as disaster response and maritime patrol duties.  

“Today is certainly historic as it marks an important turning point in the life of the armed forces, which are significantly increasing their capabilities in the context of strategic air transport,” said Minister of Armed Forces Sidiki Kaba in a speech published by his ministry.

“A multirole tactical transport aircraft equipped with the latest generation technologies, the CASA 295 has large personnel carrying capacities. Beyond its take-off and landing performance on short runways, its versatility allows it to cover a wide spectrum of missions in air transport, air drop, and medical evacuation thanks to a configuration change capability in very short timelines.” he added.

“These two aircraft will enable Senegal to ensure, independently, the projection and disengagement of its troops engaged in the various theatres of external operations and to meet all the transport and training needs of the internal theatre,” said Sidiki Kaba  .


Senegalese Air Force receives first of two C295 transport aircraft 02

“Today is certainly historic as it marks an important turning point in the life of the armed forces, which are significantly increasing their capabilities in the context of strategic air transport,” said Minister of Armed Forces Sidiki Kaba (Picture source: DIRPA)


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