Poland orders five Airbus Military C295 aircraft

Con­vert­ing Poland in largest C295 oper­a­tor
The Pol­ish Air Force today signed a con­tract with Air­bus Mil­i­tary for the acqui­si­tion of five C295 trans­port air­craft to fur­ther expand their trans­port capa­bil­i­ties. Deliv­er­ies will start end of this year and con­tin­ue into 2013.

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The air­craft will join the exist­ing C295s cur­rent­ly in ser­vice, increas­ing the fleet to 16 air­craft, and will be used to sup­port the Pol­ish Air Force in its nation­al and inter­na­tion­al oper­a­tions.

“The C295 is work­ing extreme­ly well with the Pol­ish Air Force and we are proud to have a fur­ther vote of con­fi­dence from our cus­tomer with this new order for a fur­ther five air­craft. We have a very close rela­tion­ship with Poland also through our Pol­ish sub­sidiary and we look for­ward to fur­ther expand our foot­print in Poland”, said Domin­go Ure­ña Raso, CEO of Air­bus Mil­i­tary. “This order also under­lines our lead­er­ship in this seg­ment with over 110 orders of which 27 orders were placed this year.”

This now brings to the total orders for the C295 to 113, with 85 cur­rent­ly in oper­a­tion with 13 coun­tries.

About C295

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

About Air­bus Mil­i­tary oper­a­tions in Poland

PZL Warsza­wa Oke­cie, was acquired by Air­bus Mil­i­tary (then EADS CASA) in 2001. It has two sites, War­saw and Mielec, employ­ing 620 peo­ple. The indus­tri­al activ­i­ties range from the design and man­u­fac­tur­ing of light train­er air­craft to the man­u­fac­tur­ing of sub­assem­blies for the Air­bus Mil­i­tary CN235 and C295, and wiring har­ness­es for sev­er­al com­mer­cial Air­bus types. Specif­i­cal­ly, it pro­duces the out­er wings for the Air­bus Mil­i­tary C295 as well as the car­go doors, the ramp and the doors for the pilot, para­troop­ers and pas­sen­gers on the CN235 and C295. This work­share has been recent­ly increased with the assem­bly of the nose sec­tion for those air­craft, mak­ing the com­pa­ny the largest sup­pli­er to these pro­grammes.

In Novem­ber last year, Air­bus Mil­i­tary also opened a new MRO Ser­vice Cen­tre ded­i­cat­ed to the repair and ser­vic­ing of Air­bus Mil­i­tary C295 air­craft. This is Air­bus Military’s sec­ond ser­vice cen­tre in Europe, adding to the capa­bil­i­ties of its cen­tre in Seville, Spain. The new­ly opened facil­i­ty will per­form the full scope of repair and ser­vice work for C295 air­lifters oper­at­ed by the Pol­ish Air Force and oth­er oper­a­tors and poten­tial clients in Europe and world­wide.

Source:
Air­bus Mil­i­tary

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