Thailand has received a C295W military transport aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space, IHS Jane’s understands.
Airbus statistics showing a list of secured orders and deliveries up until 31 May 2016, show that the Southeast Asian country had ordered a single C295 aircraft, which test flight images confirm is a C295W version destined for the Royal Thai Army (RTA).
IHS Jane’s understands that the aircraft, which was built in transport configuration, was ordered in September 2015 and formally delivered on 9 June. It is also understood that the C295W cost about THB1.25 billion (USD36 million) and that it was selected by the RTA ahead of Ukraine’s Antonov An-32 ‘Cline’ military transport aircraft.
The RTA is believed to maintain a total requirement for up to four C925W aircraft, but additional orders will depend on available funding over the next few years. In operation with the RTA the C295W will augment the service’s two Airbus (CASA) C212-300 transport aircraft, which were delivered in 1996.
The RTA has limited fixed-wing transport capabilities, with most logistics operations carried out by the C212 aircraft or two British Aerospace Jetstream 41 platforms acquired in the mid-1990s. Other RTA logistics operations are undertaken by the service’s rotary-wing assets, which in recent years have been improved through purchases of small numbers of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks, Airbus Helicopters UH-72A Lakotas, and AgustaWestland AW139s.
Airbus launched the C295W, with winglets and enhanced engine performance settings, in May 2013. Since its launch the C295W has been ordered by customers including the Mexican Navy and the Republic of Mali Air Force.
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C295W military transport aircraft
The EADS CASA C-295 is a twin-turboprop tactical military transport aircraft, and is currently manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space in Spain.
- 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.
- Indonesian Aerospace-made C-295. Indonesian Aerospace have a licence to build the C-295 in Indonesia.
- Maritime patrol/anti-submarine warfare version. Provision for six hardpoints.
Operators at work inside the Indonesia air force CN235 maritime patrol aircraft that was displayed at the Singapore Air Show. (Chris Pocock) @ainonline.com
- 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.
- Enhanced performance version with winglets and uprated engines announced in 2013. Certification is expected 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.
- 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 Canada PW127G Hamilton Standard 586-F (six bladed), 1,972 kW (2,645 hp) each
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G
* Powers are approximate values at take-off. Available at sea level, standard day, static conditions, uninstalled.
** Dimensions are approximate values.
*** Equivalent Shaft Horsepower : includes estimated equivalent contribution of exhaust thrust.
- 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)