EADS CASA C-295

The EADS CASA C-295 is a twin-turboprop tactical military transport aircraft, and is currently manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space in Spain.


EADS CASA C-295
Class Aircraft
Type Transport
Manufacturer Construcciones Aeronauticas SA
Origin Spain
Country Name Origin Year
Spain 1997
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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Construcciones Aeronauticas SA 1997 126 View

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 PW127G turboprop engines. The C-295 made its maiden flight in 1998. The first order came from the Spanish Air Force.

In 2012, EADS announced enhancements to the design, including winglets, and an ability to carry the Marte anti-ship missile. An airborne early warning and control version is also planned. In November 2015, a C-295 successfully demonstrated a new self-protection suite, which incorporated elements such as directional infrared countermeasures from Elbit Systems and infrared passive airborne warning system.

Variants

  • C-295M : Military transport version. Capacity for 71 troops, 48 paratroops, 27 stretchers, five 2.24 × 2.74 m (88 × 108 inches) pallets or three light vehicles.
  • NC-295/CN-295 : Indonesian Aerospace-made C-295. Indonesian Aerospace have a licence to build the C-295 in Indonesia.
  • C-295MPA/Persuader : Maritime patrol/anti-submarine warfare version. Provision for six hardpoints.
  • AEW&C : Prototype airborne early warning and control version with 360 degree radar dome. The AESA radar was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and has an integrated IFF (Identification friend or foe) system.
  • C-295W : Enhanced performance version with winglets and uprated engines announced in 2013. Certification is expected in 2014.
  • AC-295 Gunship : Gunship version developed by Airbus Defence and Space, Orbital ATK, and the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau, based on the AC-235 Light Gunship configuration.



The C-295 is in service with the Armed Forces of 15 countries. As of 31 March 2013, 121 C295s have been contracted and 94 are in service, two were lost in accidents.

The C-295 was a major bidder for the US Army/US Air Force Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) which was awarded to the L-3 Communications/Alenia team on June 13, 2007. The C-295 was considered a higher risk by the Army due to its use of a new operational mode to meet altitude and range requirements.

The C-295 is a candidate to replace the Canadian Forces's DHC-5 Buffalos.

The aircraft, along with the C-27J Spartan, is a candidate to replace the Indonesian Air Force's Fokker F27s and the Peruvian Air Force's Antonov An-32s.

In November 2011, the Australian Department of Defence issued a request for information on the C-295 and C-27J as a replacement for Australia's retired de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou.

In July 2012 Poland ordered an additional five C-295s, this order made the Polish Air Force the second largest single operator of the C295, flying 16 aircraft. In January 2013, Airbus reported that a total of 28 C-295s had been sold during 2012 in what was described as a "bumper year".

In response to a Request for Information from the Indian Air Force for 56 transport planes at $2.4 billion to replace an ageing fleet of 55 Hawker Siddeley HS 748, Airbus announced on 28 October 2014 that it would bid for the contract with the C-295. On 13 May 2015, Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) Approved Purchase of C-295.The first 16 planes under the deal will be directly procured from the vendor and remaining 40 planes would produced locally in India by Tata Advanced Systems.

Role Transport aircraft
Manufacturer Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA
EADS CASA
Airbus Defence and Space
First flight November 28, 1997
Introduction 2001
Status In service
Primary users Spanish Air Force
Portuguese Air Force
Brazilian Air Force
Polish Air Force
Produced 1997–present
Number built 126
Unit cost $28 million
Developed from CASA CN-235


General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Capacity: 71 troops
  • Payload: 9,250 kg (20,400 lb)
  • Length: 24.50 m (80 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 25.81 m (84 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 8.60 m (28 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 59 m² (634.8 ft²)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 23,200 kg (51,146 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G Hamilton Standard 586-F (six bladed), 1,972 kW (2,645 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 576 km/h (311 knots, 358 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 480 km/h (260 knots, 300 mph)
  • Range: with 3,000 kg (6,600 lb) payload, 4,600 km (2,500 nmi / 2,875 mi); (with 6,000 kg (13,200 lb) payload, 3,700 km (2,000 nmi / 2,300 mi))
  • Range with max 9,250 kg (20,400 lb) payload: 1,300 km (700 nmi / 805 mi)
  • Ferry range: 5,400 km (2,900 nmi / 3,335 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 9,100 m (30,000 ft)
  • Takeoff run: 670 m (2,200 ft)
  • Landing run: 320 m (1,050 ft)

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