The CASA C-295 is a twin-turboprop tactical military transport aircraft manufactured by CASA in Spain. The C-295 is manufactured and assembled in San Pablo Airport, in Seville, Spain. It is a further development of the commercially successful 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, CASA announced several 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.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- 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.
- CN-295: Indonesian Aerospace-made C-295. Indonesian Aerospace have a licence to build the C-295 in Indonesia. Since 2011 PTDI has an Industrial Collaboration with Airbus Defence & Space for CN295 program.
- C-295MPA Persuador: Maritime patrol/anti-submarine warfare version. Provision for six hardpoints.
- C-295AEW&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-295 Firefighter: Aerial firefighter variant of the C-295.
- C-295 SAR: Search and rescue variant of the C-295.
- C-295 SIGINT: Signals intelligence variant of the C-295.
- C-295W: Enhanced performance version with winglets and uprated engines announced in 2013. Certification was obtained 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.
- KC-295: The Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR) Refueling Kit is an incremental upgrade to the C295 and CN-235 that is designed to provide aerial refueling for helicopters and other slow-movers. Announced 11/2015 with flight testing started 10/2016.
Users[edit | edit source]
- Puerto Rico