31 Juli 2014
C-295 medium lift aircraft (photo : militaryphotos)
EADS Construcciones Aeronauticas SA, a Spanish firm, was confirmed by the Department of National Defense as the supplier for Philippine Air Force’s three medium lift fixed wing aircraft. DND issued a Notice to Proceed to EADS CASA signed by National Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin. The said notice was received by EADS CASA last March 28, 2014.
The said firm, EADS CASA, will be providing the Air Force with three C295 planes for PhP 5,288,609,983.99. C295 is a smaller aircraft compared to C130.
“The Airbus Military 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,” the plane’s manufacturer described.
“The aircraft performs any type of mission: from personnel, troop and bulky/palletised cargo transportation to casualty evacuation, communication and logistic duties, search and rescue, surveillance and control, homeland security, or certified air-dropping,” it added.