Two C295s going to Equatorial Guinea


Equatorial Guinea has acquired two C295s from Airbus Defence and Space. One will be used for troop transport and the other for maritime surveillance.

A government announcement late last month said Equatorial Guinea representatives visited the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Seville, Spain to sign the deal. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in September.
“The trip was in accordance with government’s desire to strength security measures around the Republic of Equatorial Guinea’s coastal areas. Government has acquired tow military aircraft for troop transport and surveillance of national territory.”

The cargo variant will be the first aircraft to be handed over and is expected to aid with personnel transport, medical assistance and evacuation. The maritime surveillance aircraft is expected to be delivered to the African country in 2017.

The new additions will boost Equatorial Guinea’s military fleet. It had an An-72 transport, four Sukhoi Su-25 combat aircraft and a pair of Aero L-39 jet trainers as well as a number of Russian helicopters.

Airbus Defence and Military terms the C295 a new generation, robust and reliable, versatile tactical airlifter able to carry a payload of up to nine tonnes or 71 personnel at a maximum cruise speed of 480km/h. it has retractable landing gear and a pressurised cabin allowing it to reach an altitude of 25,000 feet.