Ghana joins the family of Airbus Military C295 operator

The Ghana Air Force has tak­en deliv­ery of the first of two C295 air­craft that it ordered from Air­bus Mil­i­tary. The sec­ond air­craft will be deliv­ered in the first quar­ter of 2012.

CN235 MPA Source: Airbus Military
Source: Air­bus Mil­i­tary
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The air­craft is qual­i­fied for the trans­port of troops, para­troops, med­ical evac­u­a­tion, and both pal­letized and bulk loads, for which it is equipped with a pal­letized load­ing sys­tem.

It will be pri­mar­i­ly used for domes­tic trans­port and will also play an impor­tant role in human­i­tar­i­an relief mis­sions. Its short take-off and land­ing (STOL) and rough-field capa­bil­i­ties will pro­vide the Ghana Air Force with access to remote loca­tions that were not acces­si­ble pre­vi­ous­ly.

“We are very proud to add the Ghana Air Force to our fam­i­ly of C295 oper­a­tors. The C295, which has proven the best solu­tion for medi­um sized trans­port, will allow mis­sions in remote and dif­fi­cult to access areas. We look for­ward to the entry into ser­vice of this ver­sa­tile air­craft in the Ghana Air Force”, said Air­bus Mil­i­tary Head of Pro­grammes, Rafael Ten­tor.

This C295 is the first Air­bus Mil­i­tary prod­uct that the Ghana Air Force will oper­ate.

To date, Air­bus Mil­i­tary has sold 85 C295 to 14 dif­fer­ent oper­a­tors.

About C295
The new gen­er­a­tion C295 is the ide­al air­craft for defence and civic mis­sion to the ben­e­fit of soci­ety, such as human­i­tar­i­an actions, mar­itime patrol, and envi­ron­men­tal sur­veil­lance mis­sions, amongst oth­ers. Thanks to its robust­ness and reli­a­bil­i­ty, and with sim­ple sys­tems, this medi­um sized tac­ti­cal air­lifter pro­vides wide ver­sa­til­i­ty and flex­i­bil­i­ty, nec­es­sary for per­son­nel, troop and bulky/palletized car­go trans­porta­tion, casu­al­ly evac­u­a­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and logis­tic duties or cer­ti­fied air-drop­ping capa­bil­i­ties. Its mix of dual tech­nol­o­gy civil/military equip­ment ensure suc­cess on demand­ing tac­ti­cal mis­sion, growth poten­tial for future equip­ment as well as com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with the lat­est civ­il air­space envi­ron­ment. The C295 is part of Air­bus Military’s fam­i­ly of light and medi­um air­lifters which also include the small­er C212 and CN235 plat­forms.

About Air­bus Mil­i­tary
Air­bus Mil­i­tary is the only mil­i­tary and civic/humanitarian trans­port air­craft man­u­fac­tur­er to devel­op, pro­duce, sell and pro­vide sup­port and ser­vices for a com­pre­hen­sive fam­i­ly of air­lifters with a pay­load range of three to 45 tonnes. An Air­bus sub­sidiary, Air­bus Mil­i­tary is respon­si­ble for the A400M pro­gramme, the A330 Mul­ti Role Tanker Trans­port (MRTT) and fur­ther mil­i­tary deriv­a­tives based  on Air­bus civ­il air­craft. These, togeth­er with the small­er ‘Light & Medi­um’ C295, CN235 and C212, make Air­bus Mil­i­tary the glob­al leader in the mar­ket for mil­i­tary trans­port, tanker and sur­veil­lance air­craft capa­ble of per­form­ing the most var­ied types of mis­sions. Alto­geth­er, Air­bus Mil­i­tary has sold more than 1,000 air­craft to some 130 mil­i­tary, civ­il and gov­ern­men­tal cus­tomers. More than 800 of these air­craft have been deliv­ered. Air­bus is an EADS com­pa­ny