The Polish Air Force yesterday signed a contract with Airbus Military for the acquisition of five C295 transport aircraft to further expand its transport capabilities. The aircraft will join the existing C295s currently in service, increasing the fleet to 16 aircraft, and will be used to support the Polish Air Force in its national and international operations.
Deliveries will start end of this year and continue into 2013.
“The C295 is working extremely well with the Polish Air Force and we are proud to have a further vote of confidence from our customer with this new order for a further five aircraft. We have a very close relationship with Poland also through our Polish subsidiary and we look forward to further expand our footprint in Poland”, said Domingo Ureña Raso, CEO of Airbus Military. “This order also underlines our leadership in this segment with over 110 orders of which 27 orders were placed this year.”
Airbus Military has operations in Poland – the company acquired PZL Warszawa Okecie in 2001. It has two sites, Warsaw and Mielec, employing 620 people. It produces the outer wings for the C295 as well as the cargo doors, the ramp and the doors for the pilot, paratroopers and passengers on the CN235 and C295. This workshare has been recently increased with the assembly of the nose section for those aircraft, making the company the largest supplier to these programmes.
Poland’s order brings to the total orders for the C295 to 113, with 85 currently in operation with 13 countries.
Most recently, on May 21 the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) signed a contract with Airbus Military for the acquisition of eight C295 aircraft, five of them configured as tactical transports and three as maritime patrol aircraft (MPA). They will be delivered from next year.
In April, the Ghana Air Force received its second and final C295, although it may order another two in the future. The first C-295 was delivered in November last year as part of the Air Force’s modernisation drive.