The Philippine Air Force is expecting the arrival of its first Airbus C295 tactical airlifter in March 2015, according to the country’s Undersecretary of Finance Fernando Manalo in a statement to the national news agency.
If the twin-engine turboprop aircraft, designed by Spanish CASA before it became EADS and later Airbus, indeed arrives it will mark an early delivery. The Philippine Air Force didn’t expect the plane to arrive before August this year.
The Airbus 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.
The Pacific island nation is expecting another two C295s later this year, as part of the reinforcement program of the Philippine armed forces.
2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
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