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Airbus Military / EADS CASA C-295

Spain (2001)
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Despite current limited production numbers, the Airbus Military C-295 tactical military transport is growing in its global use.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Airbus Military / EADS CASA C-295 Tactical Military Transport / Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

 Entry last updated on 4/11/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

In 1988, a joint Spanish-Indonesian endeavor introduced the high-winged CN-235, propeller-driven tactical transport aircraft and 273 were eventually built under the CASA/IPTN brand label. An new initiative then saw the twin-turboprop system revised into the C-295 with a lengthened fuselage (six whole frames added, three forward and three aft) which has increased internal hauling capacity by 50%. To contend with the added weight gains, new Pratt & Whitney PW127G series turboprops have been installed, the wings reinforced, and the undercarriage strengthened. Additional fuel stores have also been added to increase operational ranges. The cockpit uses four LCDs (Liquid-Crystal Displays) and supports NVG (Night Vision Gear), and HUDs (Head-Up Displays). The C-295 began development in November of 1996 and was unveiled during the Paris Air Show the following year with introduction in 2001 through the Spanish Air Force. The aircraft remains in active service with over a dozen air forces the world over. A prototype first flew on November 28th, 1997 to prove the design sound and production has been ongoing since 1997 with over 100 units delivered.

CASA has since fallen under the EADS brand label which is now, itself, under the reformed Airbus Military name. The aircraft are manufactured from the Airbus Military facility located in Spain.

The C-295 is crewed by two pilots and adds mission specialists depending on cargo haul and mission role. The internal hold has a capacity for up to 71 combat-ready troops or a 20,400lb cargo payload. Dimensions of the aircraft include a length of 80.2 feet, a wingspan of 84.7 feet, and a height of 28.2 feet. Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) is listed at 51,145lbs. Power is through 2 x Pratt & Whitney PW127G turboprop engines developing 2,645 horsepower each while driving six-bladed propellers. Performance includes a maximum speed of 360 miles per hour, cruising speed of 300 miles per hour, ferry range of 3,300 miles, and service ceiling of 30,000 feet. The high-wing design approach allows for good lifting properties and stability in low-level flight. The fuselage is noticeably tubular with the flight deck mounted over the short nose providing good views out-of-the-cockpit. The tail is raised to provide clearer access to the rear cargo ramp found under the tail. The tail unit incorporates a single vertical tail fin and low-mounted horizontal planes. The undercarriage is wholly retractable with the main legs set under a bulged section of the fuselage.
Variants include the base military model as the C-295M. Locally-produced Indonesian marks are the NC-295 and CN-295. A maritime patrol variant exists as the C-295 MPA "Persuader" and features six hardpoints for the anti-submarine role. The model may be acquired by the British and is already in service with the Chilean Navy with another deal to an unnamed NATO member in the works. Another version is outfitted with Israeli AESA radar for the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C = "AWACs") role and remains in prototype form - unveiled at Royal International Air Tattoo in 2011 with its radome mounted over the aft fuselage. The C-295W sports winglets at the mainplane wingtips and uprated engine installation. This mark is still in final development.

January 2017 - Canada has committed to sixteen C-295W aircraft for its Search And Rescue (SAR) needs.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 400mph
Lo: 200mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (358mph).

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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Airbus Military / EADS CASA C-295 Specifications
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Spain
Year: 2001
Status: Active, In-Service
Type: Tactical Military Transport / Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): EADS CASA / Airbus Military - Spain / France
Production: 136
Supported Mission Types
Air-to-Air
Interception
Unmanned
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Training
Anti-Submarine
Anti-Ship
Airborne Early Warning
MEDEVAC
Electronic Warfare
Maritime/Navy
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Search/Rescue
Recon/Scouting
Special Forces
X-Plane/Development
Structural
Crew: 3
Length: 80.38 ft (24.5 m)
Width: 84.68 ft (25.81 m)
Height: 28.22 ft (8.60 m)
MTOW: 112,766 lb (51,150 kg)


Installed Power
2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G engines developing 2,645 horsepower each.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 358 mph (576 kph; 311 kts)
Maximum Range: 2,672 mi (4,300 km; 2,322 nm)
Service Ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,620 m; 4.73 mi)


Armament
None. Maritime variant can be armed with anti-ship / anti-submarine ordnance across six external hardpoints.

Operators List
Algeria; Bangladesh; Brazil; Canada; Chile; Colombia; Czech Republic; Ecuador; Egypt; Equatorial Guinea; Finland; Ghana; India; Indonesia; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Mali; Mexico; Oman; Philippines; Poland; Portugal; Saudi Arabia; Spain; Thailand; Uzbekistan; Vietnam

Series Model Variants
• C-295M - Base Military Transport Model
• C-295MPA "Persuader" - Maritime Patrol / Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) variant; fitted with 6 x hardpoints for the carrying of munitions.
• C-295 AEW&C - Proposed Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft platform.
• C-295W - Uprated engines; winglets; enhanced performance overall.
• NC-295 - Locally-produced Indonesian version


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