CASA C-295

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Airbus C-295
Casa C-295 of the Spanish Air Force in Payerne
Spanish C-295M, Payerne
Type: Tactical transport , maritime reconnaissance and submarine fighter aircraft
Design country:

SpainSpain Spain

First flight:

December 22, 1998


October 2001

Production time:

In series production since 2000

Number of pieces:

175 (as of November 2019)

C-295 MPA for the Chilean Navy
C-295 AEW at the 2011 RIAT Air Show

The Airbus C-295 Persuader is a multipurpose transport, maritime reconnaissance and submarine fighter aircraft manufactured by Airbus Defense and Space , which was developed by the former CASA .


The C-295 was developed by the Spanish CASA based on the CN-235 from the end of 1996, initially as a transport aircraft in-house. Compared to the previous model, it has a fuselage that has been lengthened by additional segments in front of and behind the wing, stronger engines and reinforcements on the landing gear and wings. The machine was officially announced at the Paris Air Show in June 1997 and the first prototype (a conversion of a CN-235) flew for the first time in November 1997. The first flight of the first newly built prototype of the machine took place on December 22, 1998.

The first customer (delivery from November 2000) of the transport version was the Spanish Air Force with nine machines. These were put into service in 2001.

Further orders followed, including twelve transporters for Poland (the first two machines ordered in May 2001 were received by the Polish Air Force in August 2003. The order was increased to 17 machines. A replacement for one machine that had crashed was delivered); for the Navy of the United Arab Emirates for maritime surveillance; twelve aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force for the SIVAM Amazon surveillance project; the Royal Jordanian Air Force (two) and the Finnish Air Force .

The machine was inferior in 2007 in the US Army and US Air Force tender for up to 145 aircraft. This important order, initially worth $ 2.04 billion, went to competitor Alenia C-27 .

The equipment of three machines with the name C-295MPA for Chile ordered in October 2007 and delivered from April 2010 and intended for submarine hunting is particularly extensive. For this purpose, magnetic field sensors, an APS-143 (V) 3 radar and four control consoles are installed in the fuselage, among other things in a tail boom.

On June 7, 2011, the AEW & C version with a radome about 6 m in diameter attached to the fuselage had its maiden flight in Seville with pilots Alejandro Madurgas and Alfonso de Castro and two test engineers on board.

Since the integration of CASA's military aircraft division into Airbus Military , the C-295 has also been part of the Airbus product range . The cooperation with Indonesia's present-day Indonesian Aerospace, which had already been tried and tested with the two other transporters of the former CASA, was extended to the C-295 in October 2011.

In November 2019, the order backlog was 210 machines, 175 of which have already been delivered. Two C-295s were destroyed in incidents.


  • On January 23, 2008, a CASA C-295M of the Polish military crashed near Mirosławiec (Märkisch Friedland) in West Pomerania. All 20 people on board were killed, including Andrzej Andrzejewski . The military were returning from an air safety conference in Warsaw. In foggy conditions, both the crew and the pilots had made mistakes; among other things, the units of length meters and feet were mixed up. Five air force members were released.
  • On November 10, 2012, a CASA-295M of the Algerian military crashed on its way from Paris to Algiers at 4:00 p.m. near the village of Trélans in the Lozère department . All six inmates were killed.

Technical specifications

EADS CASA C-295 at ILA 2002
Two-side view of the CASA C-295
Parameter Data
crew 2
length 24.50 m
span 25.81 m
height 8.66 m
Wing area 60 m²
Gauge 3.98 m
wheelbase 8.43 m
Cabin length 12.69 m
Cabin width 2.70 m
Cabin height 1.90 m
payload 69–78 soldiers or
27 people lying down + four helpers or
three light vehicles or
max. 9.7 t of freight or
loading space for five standard pallets, each 2.24 m × 2.74 m.
Empty mass 11.5 t
Max. Takeoff mass 21.0 t
Max. Landing mass 20.7 t
Fuel supply 8532 l
Cruising speed Max. 480 km / h (V MO in 7000 ft)
Top speed 550 km / h
Take-off run 670 m
Landing runway 320 m
Bet height 7620 m
Range Max. 5630 km
1333 km with max. payload
Engines two turboprop Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G with 1972 kW each, with automatic power reserve 2177 kW
propeller Six-blade propeller Hamilton Sundstrand HS-568F-5, diameter 3.89 m


Transport version with winglets C-295MW of the Air Force of the United Arab Emirates


Transport version , for which an air refueling kit is also available

C-295MSA "Persuader"

Maritime surveillance version


Search and Rescue version


Submarine hunting version


Airborne Warning and Control version


Gunship version


SIGINT version


ISR version


Modernized version, equipped with winglets , among other things

C-295 Armed ISR

C-295ISR, which can be armed with MG (caliber 12.7 mm e.g. M3 Browning ) or cannons ( BK 27 from Rheinmetall) on the rear side doors and in the future also with various missiles and Mk-82 warheads. Airbus has not yet announced the user state (as of November 2017).

User states

User states of the CASA C-295:
  • C-295 M.
  • C-295 Persuader
  • both versions
  • EgyptEgypt Egypt

    • Egyptian Air Force : 24 (originally 12, added from September 2011, later several more orders - all in transport version)

    AngolaAngola Angola

    Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea

    • Armed Forces: 2 (1 each transport version and MSA version, delivery 2016/17)
    ArgentinaArgentina Argentina
    Fuerza Aérea Argentina : 2 C-295 (order announced for 2017/19)

    AlgeriaAlgeria Algeria

    BangladeshBangladesh Bangladesh

    BrazilBrazil Brazil

    • Força Aérea Brasileira : 15 C / SC-105 (12 C-105 / transport version, 3 SC-105 / SAR version, the SC-105 with influx in 2017/20)

    Burkina FasoBurkina Faso Burkina Faso

    ChileChile Chile

    EcuadorEcuador Ecuador

    Ivory CoastIvory Coast Ivory Coast

    FinlandFinland Finland

    GhanaGhana Ghana

    • Ghana Air Force : 5 (2 each ordered in 2011 and 2013 plus 1 in 2014 - all in transport version)

    IndiaIndia India

    • Indian Air Force , 56 (appointed). The test program has been successfully completed and all that is missing is the administrative steps of the procurement department.

    IndonesiaIndonesia Indonesia

    IrelandIreland Ireland

    JordanJordan Jordan

    CanadaCanada Canada

    KazakhstanKazakhstan Kazakhstan

    ColombiaColombia Colombia

    MaliMali Mali

    MexicoMexico Mexico

    OmanOman Oman

    PhilippinesPhilippines Philippines

    PolandPoland Poland

    • Siły Powietrzne : 17 (originally 12, order increased by five to 17 in 2012 plus four and a replacement for the one that crashed)

    PortugalPortugal Portugal

    Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

    • Home Office: 4 C-295MSAW

    SpainSpain Spain

    ThailandThailand Thailand

    Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic

    UzbekistanUzbekistan Uzbekistan

    United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates

    VietnamVietnam Vietnam

    • Air Force : 3 (transport version, delivered in 2015)

    See also

    Web links

    Commons : CASA C-295  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

    Individual evidence

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    3. The little brothers of the A400M. Flug Revue , July 2010, pp. 57–59.
    4. Airbus Military C295. Flug Revue , February 2012, pp. 49–52.
    5. C295 now also with rotodrome. Fliegerrevue , August 2011, p. 25.
    6. Integration of MTAD implemented at Airbus. In: Flug Revue , accessed April 19, 2011 .
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    8. Bartosz Glowacki: Polish air force dismisses five personnel following C-295 crash report. April 14, 2008, accessed September 20, 2012 .
    9. ^ Crash de l'avion algérien: quatre corps retrouvés, deux recherchés. In: Midi Libre , November 9, 2012, accessed November 10, 2012 (French).
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    11. Beth Stevenson: Equatorial Guinea orders two C295 transports. In: Flightglobal, February 2, 2016, accessed June 11, 2016.
    12. Argentina moves to rebuild military in 2017, Janes, November 15, 2016 ( Memento from November 15, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
    13. Bangladesh orders single C295W airlifter, Janes, October 11, 2016 ( Memento from October 16, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
    14. Brazil receives second C295 SAR aircraft, first with air-to-air refueling capability, Janes, November 20, 2019
    15. Burkina Faso orders Airbus C295, Janes, December 2019
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    21. Dublin, Prague bolster Airbus C295 backlog, Flightglobal, December 16, 2019
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    24. Kazakhstan places order for Airbus C295, UK DefenCe Journal, March 21, 2019
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    26. ^ Beth Stevenson: First Philippine air force C295 heads for service. In: Flightglobal, March 20, 2015, accessed March 20, 2015 .
    27. Philippine Air Force acquires fourth C295M tactical transport, Janes, November 12, 2019
    28. Fliegerrevue No. 08/2015, p. 8.
    29. Thailand orders C295W transport aircraft, Janes, June 29, 2016 ( Memento from July 1, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
    30. Czech Army to receive two more C295s, Janes, December 18, 2019
    31. Beth Stevenson: Uzbekistan orders four C295s. In: Flightglobal, June 30, 2015, accessed June 11, 2016.
    32. UAE Armed Forces buys 5 military transport aircraft In: Arabian Business, November 16, 2017, accessed November 16, 2017.