Egyptian C295 deliveries underway


The Egyptian Air Force is taking delivery of its remaining six C295 transport aircraft from Airbus Military, with one of the type seen heading to Egypt last week.

The aircraft was spotted at Malta International Airport on Wednesday after flying in from Seville-San Pablo Airport in Spain on its way to Egypt, reports Air Forces Daily. The C295 in question is believed to be the seventh of 12 aircraft destined for the Egyptian Air Force.

The Egyptian Air Force has ordered a total of 12 C295Ms, of which at least five and possibly six have been delivered. An initial three were ordered in October 2010, with deliveries being completed in November and December 2011. Another three were ordered in March last year and another six in January this year.

Airbus Military had planned to deliver this final batch of six by the end of 2013, but on August 28 the Spanish Inter-Ministerial Council on Defence and Dual Use Materiel (JIMDDU) suspended all existing Egyptian defence contracts, saying the move was cautionary and would be reviewed every month.

This move came after the Egyptian military took over from Mohammed Morsi’s democratically elected government on July 3, leading to severe violence and unrest in the country.

The sixth and eighth C295s were seen being test flown at Airbus Military’s Seville facility in November. One had been painted in white United Nations colours in September and was presumed to be destined for Ghana but last month was seen in Egyptian Air Force colours. (Ghana has two C295s on order and will lease them to the United Nations.) It appears that the European Union has changed its mind about C295 deliveries to the North African country.

A number of countries have partially or completely suspended military equipment deliveries to Egypt, such as the United States, the UK, Germany and others. As a result, Egypt is now looking towards Russia to supply its defence hardware.