C295 AEW and C295 Transport – militaryaircraft-airbusds.com
According to a report on aseanmildef, Vietnam is purchasing two C-295 type early-warning aircraft (AEW&C). The Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system was developed jointly by ELTA and Airbus in 2006.
In view of China’s activity in the South China Sea, Vietnam is probably looking for surveillance and intelligence means that will enable it to better monitor its borders.
According to the report, Vietnam ordered at least two such aircraft. Total cost of each aircraft is estimated at US $1.2 billion.
Did they mistype the price $1.2 billion per unit????
The P-8 cost around $400 million how can this cost $1.2 billion!
The C-295 is a tactical military transport aircraft developed on the basis of the proven EADS CASA CN-235 aircraft. It features stretched fuselage, and a new powerplant (2xPW127G turboprop) providing extended range and payload over current CN-235 tactical aircraft. It can accomplish tactical and logistics support transport, airdrop, medical evacuation, maritime patrol and humanitarian missions.
The Airbus Military C-295 AEW&C is an Airborne Early Warning and Command (AEW&C) aircraft fitted an advanced rotodome radar system derived from the C-295 military transport airplane. The six-meter diameter rotodome was developed by Airbus Military.
The production system would be a fast-rotating device housing a state-of-the-art radar providing full 360-degree and continuous coverage of a selected area. The Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) enables the integration of on-board sensors, including operation and monitoring of the radar system and display of the aerial picture. The C-295 AEW&C performed its maiden flight in Seville (Spain) on June 7, 2011.
On June 21, 2011, Airbus Military and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the supply of a 4th generation Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar with integrated Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) to serve as the radar system for the C-295 AEW&C aircraft. The AESA radar will be supplied by Elta Systems, an IAI subsidiary. The primary sensor will generate a real time integrated Air and Maritime situation picture and electronic order of battle. The aircraft will operate with friendly forces in a Network Centric Operations (NCO) environment using data-links.Data @deagel.com
“The aircraft, currently being fitted with a rotodome, will be equipped with a rotating 4th generation Active Electronically Scanned Array (), combining effective flexibility of modern with the low weight offered by the single rotating panel.”
“The C295 AEW&C has been designed to provide high quality 360 degree surveillance, creating in real-time an integrated air and maritime situation picture and electronic order of battle. The AEW&C situation picture is shared with friendly forces via network-centric datalinks. The aircraft positions @defense-update.comand Elta Systems in direct competition with the Swedish Erieye system, considered sofar as the lowest cost option for AEW&C. According to Elta, the 4th generation system developed for the C295 AEW&C has about four times more emitters, is more powerful, more flexible and offers overall better performance, enabling positioning the antennae to provide best coverage of a given sector (120 degree) or 360 degree hemisphere. In addition to the aerial surveillance and tracking capability, the system also includes a surface and maritime radar, providing naval search, Synthetic Aperture (SAR) and Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI). In addition, the system includes Electronic Support Measures (ESM) establishing ‘a new eye in the sky’. The combination of the rotodome and AESA enables high scanning rate, enabling the system to initiate tracks of suspicious targets in few seconds, regardless of the target’s aspect.” Airbus Military and Elta Systems Introduce C295 AEW&C posted Jun 21, 2011
Data from Airbus Military, c295.ca
- Crew: Two
- Capacity: 71 troops
- Payload: 9,250 kg (20,400 lb)
- Length: 24.50 m (80 ft 3 in)
- Wingspan: 25.81 m (84 ft 8 in)
- Height: 8.60 m (28 ft 3 in)
- Wing area: 59 m² (634.8 ft²)
- Max. takeoff weight: 23,200 kg (51,146 lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney CanadaPW127G Hamilton Standard 586-F (six bladed), 1,972 kW (2,645 hp) each
- Maximum speed: 576 km/h (311 knots, 358 mph)
- Cruise speed: 480 km/h (260 knots, 300 mph)
- Range: with 3,000 kg (6,600 lb) payload, 4,600 km (2,500 nmi / 2,875 mi); (with 6,000 kg (13,200 lb) payload, 3,700 km (2,000 nmi / 2,300 mi))
- Range with max 9,250 kg (20,400 lb) payload: 1,300 km (700 nmi / 805 mi)
- Ferry range: 5,400 km (2,900 nmi / 3,335 mi)
- Service ceiling: 9,100 m (30,000 ft)
- Takeoff run: 670 m (2,200 ft)
- Landing run: 320 m (1,050 ft)