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Chilean Army to replace its military medium transport aircrafts fleet

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World Aviation Defense and Security News - Chile
 
 
Chilean Army to replace its military medium transport aircrafts fleet
 
Aviation Brigade (Bave) of the Chilean Army is evaluating the technical background to define the purchase of medium tactical transport aircrafts. The goal is to renew the current fleet of transport aircrafts and increase support capabilities for natural disasters.
     
Aviation Brigade (Bave) of the Chilean Army is evaluating the technical background to define the purchase of medium tactical transport aircrafts. The goal is to renew the current fleet of transport aircrafts and increase support capabilities for natural disasters.
Actual Chilean CASA C-212 medium transport aircraft
     

The Journal of Financial Santiago explained that the Chilean Army held in May a request for information (RFI) to different manufacturers to determine the feasibility of this program.

The technical requirements include special characteristics of flight range of operating capacity on short unprepared runways without ground support, and reach ranges with different weights and charges to enable aircraft to operate safely in complex areas such as islands and Antarctica.

The same publication also explains background on the capacity of the aircraft, which was requested to fly 24 hours a day under various weather conditions, and settings that can be taken to develop missions of transporting troops and cargo, troops and equipement airdrops, medical evacuation (Medevac) and employed in extinguishing forest fires.

Among the companies that have received a request from the Chilean army in August are Airbus Defence & Space, with its model C295W and Alenia Aermacchi with C27J Spartan. Actually, the C295 is in service in Brasilian Air force, Colombia, Ecuador and also in the Chilean Navy in its exploration and naval struggle configurations. Meanwhile, the Spartan C27J will operate in 2015 in the Peruvian Air Force after the acquisition of two units in 2013 for $ 121.9 million.