Canaya also said that there was no final date yet on the C295’s turnover to the Air Force. The first C295 with tail number 129 arrived at PAF Clark Air Base, Pampanga in the afternoon of March 22.
The Philippines has a three C295 contract worth $113mn with Airbus Military signed last year.
Airbus earlier said that delivery of aircraft will be earlier than schedule. “The remaining two aircraft will be delivered ahead of schedule during the second half of this year,” Airbus Defence and Space press manager for military aircraft Kieran Daly previously said.
According to original schedule, first unit was set to be delivered August 2015 and the second one was scheduled by March 2016, while the third aircraft was expected September 2016.
The C295 is categorized as medium lift aircraft equivalent to the Fokker F-27 aircraft being maintained by the PAF 220th Airlift Wing, the C295s have rear ramp door similar to that of the C-130s for easier access and loading/unloading of passengers and cargoes.
The Philippine Air Force 2nd Casa C-295M '140/EC-003' medium lift aircraft.