Airbus hands over first Philippine C295

11:05:00 PM
MANILA, -- The first of three Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) has been delivered, the company announced on 18 March.

The aircraft was handed over in Seville, Spain, and "is now being ferried to the Philippines," The Philippines Air Force service the C295 will play a key role in the modernization of the force´s transport fleet and will undertake a wide variety of military and humanitarian missions. Airbus said in a statement.

The delivery is five months ahead of schedule. The C295 was selected in 2014 for the DND's medium-lift aircraft requirement for three aircraft to replace the PAF's three Fokker F27 Friendship aircraft, which have been in service for more than 30 years.

The Philippine embassy in Madrid said in February that "progress on the two remaining airframes could see an August delivery for the next aircraft".

The Philippine Air Force first brand new Airbus C295M twin-turboprop tactical military transport aircraft.

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