Ireland has announced the acquisition of two Airbus C295 medium airlifters in a maritime surveillance configuration.
With this new order, the Irish Air Corps will become the 33rd C295 operator worldwide.
Airbus say that both aircraft will be equipped with the Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) and “specific state-of-the-art mission sensors together with the recently announced Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion avionics.”
Alberto Gutiérrez, Head of Military Aircraft at Airbus Defence and Space, said:
“We are pleased to welcome the Irish Air Corps to our family of C295 operators, a signal of continued trust from an Air Force that already operates two Airbus CN235s.”
The C-295 is manufactured and assembled in the Airbus Military facilities in the San Pablo Airport, in Seville, Spain.
It is a development of the Spanish–Indonesian transport aircraft CASA/IPTN CN-235, but with a stretched fuselage, 50% more payload capability and new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G turboprop engines. The C-295 made its maiden flight in 1998.
The first order came from the Spanish Air Force.
The Czech Air Force also recently signed a contract for the acquisition of two additional Airbus C295 medium airlifters. The Czech aircraft, equipped with winglets and ordered in transport configuration, are due to be delivered in the first half of 2021.