Egypt has ordered another eight C295 transport aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space in a deal that will take its fleet to 20.
The contract was announced by Airbus at the Farnborough International Airshow on Wednesday. The company said that the aircraft will be delivered from 2015.
The contract also includes a service support package for spares, training, and maintenance of the fleet.
“The Egyptian Air Force selected the C295 because of its proven versatility, robustness and efficiency for daily transport missions combined with the ease of maintenance and low cost of operations particularly in the “hot and high” and dusty conditions found in the region,” Airbus said.
“In Egyptian service the C295 will be used for military and humanitarian missions such as the transport of civilian and military personnel as well as support to populations in remote areas or in emergency situations.”
“We greatly appreciate the Egyptian Air Force´s confidence in our products based on their successful experience with the C295 in-service to date”, said Antonio Rodríguez Barberán, Head of Commercial for Military Aircraft.
Egypt has ordered 12 C295s in two previous batches, of which six are already in service. An initial three were ordered in October 2010, with deliveries being completed in November and December 2011. Another three were ordered in March 2012 and another six in January 2013.
Deliveries were at one stage suspended by the Spanish government last year after the Egyptian military took over from Mohammed Morsi’s democratically elected government on July 3, 2013, leading to severe violence and unrest in the country. However, deliveries resumed in December.
More than 150 C295s have now been ordered by 19 countries.