Airbus Defence and Space has unveiled a new variant of its C-295 twin-turboprop tactical military aircraft, an armed Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft. Airbus Defence and Space showcased the new variant at the Dubai Airshow in UAE.
“The development of further applications for the C295, as well as our other aircraft, is a key element of our strategy for the future. The remarkable flexibility designed into the C295 makes it a superb platform for a wide range of mission-specific configurations,” Airbus Defense and Space Head of Military Aircraft Fernando Alonso said.
Airbus Defence and Space said that they already delivered aircraft of said variant to an unidentified customer including two 12.7mm light machine guns and mounts, supplied by Nobles Worldwide and US Ordnance, to be mounted in the paratroop side doors.
“The next weapon to undergo airborne carriage trials is planned to be Roketsan’s L-UMTAS anti-tank missile. Roketsan is also providing the Cirit laser-guided missile and Teber-82 laser bomb-guidance kit,” Airbus Defence and Space said.
“Rheinmetall’s BK 27 autocannon provides a heavier door-mounted option, targeted by Escribano’s Door Gun System.. Expal is displaying its CAT-70 (2.75 inch) rockets and Mk 82 warhead, and Equipaer has its CAT 70 Multiple Rocket Launcher in the exhibition,” it added.
The Philippine Air Force is currently operating three C-295 aircraft as medium airlifter.