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  • Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut
    Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut 7 August 2020
    Aviation was one of the heaviest sectors affected by COVID-19, shaked the world and give negatice effect on many sectors. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, faced important order cancellations due to the virus. For this reason, the company, which announced that a significant amount of personnel will be dismissed, supported by Spain. Madrid reached an agreement with the company for acquisition of substantial aircraft in exchange for les...
  • Wet Contacts from C29
    Wet Contacts from C29 29 January 2020
    The Airbus C295 tactical airlifter has successfully achieved its first wet contacts during an air-to-air- refuelling (AAR) tanker flight test campaign. First dry contacts of this flight test took place in December 2019 and were achieved using a closed ramp configuration. The wet contacts, conducted out of Seville, Spain, took place in January 2020, between one Airbus C295 aircraft in tanker configuration and a Spanish Air Force C295 acting as receiver. In total, the aircraft fitted wit...
  • A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts
    A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts 24 September 2019
    The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refuelling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of four flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre. The tests, involving no fuel and performed b...
  • Inventory Changes Coming
    Inventory Changes Coming 24 June 2019
    According to the Czech Ministry of Defence's statement on June 17, Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar has submitted three contracts totalling nearly CZK4 USD176.6 million to the government for two C295 transport aircraft, the upgrade of 33 T-72M tanks, and a flight planning system. “The Army of the Czech Republic [ACR] needs to increase its transport capacity and replace the obsolete Yak-40s,” Metnar said, adding that the new aircraft would “be more economical,...
  • Bidders Emerged for Korea's MPA Buy
    Bidders Emerged for Korea's MPA Buy 16 May 2018
    Boeing, Saab and Airbus are expected to bid for the Republic of Korea's maritime patrol aircraft project. The Republic of Korean Defence Ministry and the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) decided to adopt new surveillance aircraft that offer a longer flight duration and heavier weapons payload in February this year. To the approximately $1,80 billion acquisition program, Boeing will offer P-8A Poseidon while Saab will be presenting its Swordfi...
  • Additional C295 Decision by Brazil
    Additional C295 Decision by Brazil 24 January 2018
    Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira/FAB) is to acquire search and rescue (SAR)-configured Airbus C295 under a 2014 contract, exercising the option for additional aircraft, announced on 22 January.  The additional C295 will bring the total number of SAR-configured C295s in service to 15 by the time the deliveries are complete in 2020. The first of the three SAR aircraft was delivered last year. The second FAB C295 SAR will be d...
  • C295 Sales Pass The 200 Mark
    C295 Sales Pass The 200 Mark 15 November 2017
    The United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defence has ordered five Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft, announced at the Dubai Airshow. The aircraft will serve with the UAE Air Force replacing the CN235s still in operation. Deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of 2018. With this order, Airbus' C295 sales passed the 200 mark.
  • Airbus, Gave Place to ROKETSAN Products
    Airbus, Gave Place to ROKETSAN Products 13 November 2017
    Airbus Defence and Space company participated in the aerospace fair held in Dubai with C295 transportation aircraft and exhibited ROKETSAN products as well. Airbus took its place in the fair with C295's Armed Intelligence, Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (C295 Armed ISR) aircraft. The company, which emphasized the use of a wide range of products for different types of targets on board, included three products of ROKETSAN in this frame; the L-UMTAS anti-tank missil...
  • Additional Two C295s to Kazakhstan
    Additional Two C295s to Kazakhstan 21 April 2017
    Kazakhstan is to acquire two more Airbus C295 transport aircraft following the signature of a new contract with Airbus Defence and Space. The agreement, which includes a spares and support package, covers the final two aircraft included in a memorandum of understanding signed in 2012. Both aircraft will be delivered in the second half of this year and will take the Kazakhstan Air Defence Forces’ C295 fleet to eight and total C295 sales to 186, including 12 in the CIS...
  • C295W - Caracal Aerial Refuelling Demonstration
    C295W - Caracal Aerial Refuelling Demonstration 18 January 2017
    Airbus Defence and Space conducted a refuelling demostration flight with its C295W tactical transport aircraft in December, announced on 17 January. During the flight the C295W performed a series of contacts with a H225M Caracal helicopter. The latest variant of C295 is fitted with a standard air-to air refuelling (AAR) kit.
  • Brazil Takes A Step Back
    Brazil Takes A Step Back 27 December 2016
    Brazil reduced the number of Airbus C295 aircraft to be purchased from three to two. The relevant contract was signed on 30 April 2014 with a value of €191,2 million. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) plans to use these aircraft to conduct search-and-rescue (SAR) missions.
  • New Airbus C295W to African Skyline
    New Airbus C295W to African Skyline 26 December 2016
    Mali has taken delivery of its new Airbus C295W transport aircraft on 15 December in Bamako. Airbus Defence and Space announced the delivery on 20 December. The C295W will be used in troop transport, medical evacuation and logistics support missions. The relevant contract was announced in February 2016. Twin turboprop tactical transport aircraft’s wing design with winglets allows for the carriage of more payload to long distances and ensures the aircraft to achieve 4% fuel savings. The ...
  • New Contract for Airbus
    New Contract for Airbus 9 December 2016
    Airbus Defence and Space announced on 8 December that the Government of Canada has chosen the Airbus C295W for its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Programme (FWSAR). Under the agreement, Royal Canadian Air Force will acquire 16 C295Ws, deliveries starting three years after contract award.  Airbus C295W is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G turboprop engines and features L3 Wescam electro-optical systems.
  • Spain Received its First New Generation Transport Aircraft
    Spain Received its First New Generation Transport Aircraft 17 November 2016
    Airbus Defence and Space has delivered today the first of 27 Airbus A400M new generation airlifter ordered by Spain and thus, the country became the sixth nation to put the A400M into service. Also known as MSN44, the A400M has been delivered to the Spanish Air Force in a brief ceremony at final assembly line (FAL) in Seville. In Spanish service the A400M will replace the ageing C-130 aircraft type, carrying about twice the load over the same dis...
  • Argentina Spares $1 Billion for Defence
    Argentina Spares $1 Billion for Defence 17 November 2016
    Argentina plans to spare $1 billion for its armed forces in 2017. The budget will cover new defence equipment and modernisation of the platforms, in an effort to recover lost military capabilities. In this frame, the Argentinian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 November the acquisition of an initial 12 Beechcraft T-6C+ Texan II turboprop trainer/light attack aircraft and two Airbus Military C295s. Although the armed forces’ request for equipment reached $2,7 billion, initial ap...
  • Airbus Defence and Space authorises Turkish Air Force as regional support centre for CN235 aircraft
    Airbus Defence and Space authorises Turkish Air Force as regional support centre for CN235 aircraft 13 July 2016
    Airbus Defence and Space has authorised the Turkish Air Force’s 2nd Air Supply and Maintenance Centre (2nd ASMC) in Kayseri as a regional support and maintenance centre for Airbus CN235 aircraft following a detailed certification process conducted over the last year.   The approval brings to a successful completion the process first announced at IDEF 2015.   Turkey is the world’s largest operator of CN235s with 59 aircraft and has ...
  • Norway exposes P-3 replacement plans 26 June 2016
    Norway has publicized a proposed defence spending plan that allows for the acquisition of a new maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to replace its six-strong fleet of Lockheed P-3 Orions. The white paper recommends a gradual rise in the nation’s defence budget over the 2017-2020 period to result in a $870 million increase over 2016 levels. “Norway will seek to replace its maritime patrol aircraft after the ageing P-3C Orion is withdrawn from service,” report says. Poten...