Three SAR aircraft add to existing fleet of 12 transports.
Brazil has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space for the acquisition of three Airbus C295 search and rescue (SAR) aircraft.
The three aircraft will progressively be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) from the end of this year under the terms of an agreement which also includes a five-year Full In Service Support (FISS) contract.
In Brazilian service the SAR aircraft will join 12 transport-configured C295 aircraft, taking the total FAB C295 fleet to 15.
“We are very proud of this repeat order which demonstrates Brazil ́s high level of confidence in our light and medium aircraft family as well as confirming the C295 ́s demonstrated excellence in the SAR role”, said Antonio Rodríguez Barberán, Head of Commercial for Military Aircraft.
In addition to the aircraft fleet, the FAB is also using a Full Flight Simulator for the C295 at the Air Base of Manaus-Brasil (BAMN facility), that allows it complete autonomy in the training of its crew.
More than 140 C295s have now been ordered by 19 countries.
The new generation C295 is the ideal aircraft for defence and civic missions to the benefit of society, such as humanitarian actions, homeland security, and environmental surveillance. Thanks to its robustness and reliability, simple systems, and optimal cabin, this medium sized tactical airlifter provides wide versatility and flexibility, necessary for personnel, troop and bulky/palletized cargo transportation, casualty evacuation, communication and logistic duties, and air-dropping. Its flexible design, long endurance and modern systems have made it an outstanding platform for a wide range of ISR roles including anti-submarine and ship warfare, airborne early warning, and maritime surveillance. The C295 is part of Airbus Defence and Space ́s family of light and medium airlifters which also includes the smaller NC212i and CN235 platforms.