Thailand orders C295W transport aircraft – Update I

IHS Janes

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.


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)
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.


CASA C-295 operators:   C-295M users.   C-295 Persuader users   Both versions users.
  • The Algerian Air Force received six C-295 for transport and maritime patrol. One lost in accident.[
  • The Brazilian Air Force received 12 C-295, designated C-105A Amazonas, to replace the ageing DHC-5/C-115 Buffalo transports. Three C-295 ordered.
  • The Colombian Air Force operates six C-295, the last of original four was delivered in April 2009. The fifth aircraft was ordered in September 2012 and delivered 14 March 2013. The sixth aircraft was ordered in January 2013, entering service before 31 August 2015.
 Czech Republic
  • The Egyptian Air Force operates 20 C-295 out of 24 ordered as of August 2015. Three aircraft were initially ordered for tactical and logistical transport. The first delivery was on 24 September 2011. In January 2013 a follow-on order was signed for six more aircraft and ordered a further eight on 16 July 2014.
 Equatorial Guinea
  • The Finnish Air Force operates three C-295. There is an option for four more additional aircraft.
  • The Indian Air Force will be operating 56 C-295W. The order was finalised on 13 May 2015 by the Indian Ministry of Defense. The first 16 C-295s will be brought in fly away condition; the remaining 40 will be manufactured in India in partnership withTata Advanced Systems.
  • The Indonesian Air Force operates eight C-295 for tacical and logistical transport. One C-295 is on order as of August 2015.Three planes will be assembled in Indonesia by PT Dirgantara Indonesia, the same company which built the CN-235, the C-295’s predecessor. The first two aircraft were delivered in September 2012
  • The Mexican Air Force operates ten C-295Ms & five C-295Ws. They operate in the 301st Squadron, based in Santa Lucia AFB.
  • The Mexican Navy operates four C-295Ms & two C-295Ws. They are based at the Tapachula Air Naval Base.
  • The Philippine Air Force ordered three units of C-295M as of April 2014 and the first unit arrived on March 22, 2015. All 3 are in service as of 22nd January 2016.
  • The Polish Air Force has received 17 C-295 that replaced their Antonov An-26s. One aircraft crashed on 24 January 2008, the other 16 are in service at Kraków-Balice Air Base. Poland was first foreign customer, ordering eight planes in 2001, two optional in 2006 and two more in 2007, with delivery from 2003 to 2008. In June 2012, another five aircraft were ordered, two delivered in October 2012, third in December 2012 and final two units were delivered on 2 November 2013.[44]

Specifications (C-295M)


General characteristics

Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G

(Max. RPM)
PW150 Series 6,200 5,000 1,020 44 30 95
PW127 Series 3,200 2,750 1,200 33 26 84
PW123/124 Series 3,000 2,400 1,200 33 26 84
PW120 Series 2,400 2,100 1,200 31 25 84
PW118 Series 2,180 1,800 1,300 31 25 81
* 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)



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