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Dubai Airshow 2017: UAE places order for five Airbus C295W airlifters

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World Defense & Security News - UAE
 
 
Dubai Airshow 2017: UAE places order for five Airbus C295W airlifters
 
The United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defence has ordered five Airbus C295W medium transport aircraft. The agreement, announced at the Dubai Airshow, takes the C295 orderbook past 200, underlining the type’s market leadership in its class.
     
Dubai Airshow 2017 UAE places order for five Airbus C295W airlifters 640 001A C295W taking off from La Paz, Bolivia
(Credit: Airbus Defence & Space)
     
The five aircraft will serve with the UAE Air Force replacing the existing CN235s still in operation. Deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Orders for the C295 in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region now total 51. Bernhard Brenner, Airbus Defence and Space Head of Marketing & Sales said: “The C295 is a tough and reliable aircraft that is thoroughly proven in the Middle East operating environment. Passing the milestone of 200 sales – now 203 following this order – is a clear demonstration of its widely recognized capabilities and excellent value. We look forward to placing many more C295s in this region and beyond."

The C295W is an enhanced performance version with winglets and uprated engines announced in 2013. It has already been ordered by Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Mali and Bangladesh.

Airbus Defence and Space C295W is a tactical airlifter 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 remarkable short take-off & landing (STOL) performance from unprepared short, soft and rough airstrips, as well as low level flight characteristics.