An Airbus (EADS) C295 of the Czech Air Force (Image © Airbus Military)

All four C295s to Czech Republic

An Airbus (EADS) C295 of the Czech Air Force (Image © Airbus Military)
An Airbus (EADS) C295 of the Czech Air Force (Image © Airbus Military)

The Czech Republic has accepted all four ordered Airbus (EADS/CASA) C295 tactical transport aircraft.

The Airbus Military C295 is a modern and small airlifter developed from the CASA CN235, 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. Fitted with a retractable landing gear and a pressurised cabin, it can cruise at altitudes up to 25,000 ft, while retaining relative good short take-off & landing (STOL) of no longer than 670 m (2,200 ft) from unprepared short, soft and rough airstrips, as well as low level flight characteristics.

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G turboprop engines, it has a fairly low fuel consumption but relatively long reach. It can carry much more palletised cargo (up to five 88 inch X 108 inch standard HCU-6E pallets) with direct off-loading through its rear ramp door if it doesn’t carry passenger seating.

Source: Airbus Military

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