EADS CASA C-295 is a
twin-turboprop tactical military transport aircraft and medium-range, narrowbody airliner manufactured by EADS-CASA in Spain.
Design and development
is a further development of the commercially successful Spanish/Indonesia transport aircraft CASA
CN-235 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
The C-295 is used by several air forces and some 57 have already
The C-295 was also a major bidder for the US
/US Air Force Joint Cargo Aircraft
(JCA) awarded to
the L-3 Communications
team on June 13, 2007. The C-295 was
considered a higher risk by the Army due to its use of a new
operational mode to meet altitude and range requirements.
The C-295 is a candidate to replace the Canadian Forces
's de Havilland Canada DHC-5
- Troop transport - 71 seats (+ 4 optional)
- Pallet transport - Five 108" x 88" (one in
ramp), ten 88" x 54" pallets
- Medevac - 24 stretchers (+ 3 optional)
- Fighter engine transport - Three EJ200
- Vehicle transport - Three light vehicles (Land
- Maritime patrol version - 12 hours on
surveillance and an armament capacity of 6 underwing stations
CASA C-295 operators:
- Chilean Navy recently purchased 3
C-295 MPA to replace their aging P-3ACH
Orions. Chile has options on a further 5 to replace a combined
fleet of 8 Embraer EMB-111 Bandeirante and 3 Casa C-212A.
- Czech Air Force ordered 4 C-295s
, and will be delivered in the end of 2010.
- Venezuelan Air Force
ordered 10 aircraft in 2008. The order was vetoed by the U.S., but
Venezuela paid to have all American equipment removed and replaced
by equivalent Spanish equipment to circumnavigate the embargo.
Mirosławiec air accident: on
January 23, 2008 a Polish Air Force
CASA C-295 flying from Warsaw via Powidz and Krzesiny to Mirosławiec crashed during approach to the 12th Air Base near Mirosławiec.
All passengers and crew aboard were killed.
The number of victims were 20. All Polish C-295s were grounded
after the incident.Polish defence minister Bogdan Klich
dismissed five air force personnel
after the accident investigation, which concluded that multiple
failings contributed to the 23 January crash.
- Munson, Kenneth. "Andalusian Airlifter - CASA C-295".
Air International, Vol
75, No. 5, November 2008. pp. 32—37.