Airbus Military and MBDA have successfully completed the first flight of the C295 maritime patrol aircraft, with an instrumented Marte MK2/S anti-ship inert missile installed under the wing. The flight was the first of a series of trials planned in a joint Airbus Military – MBDA collaboration to validate the aerodynamic integration of Marte on the C295. Subsequent flights will include handling qualities tests and aircraft flight performance tests.
This initiative successfully aligns with the defence industry strategy shared by MBDA in Spain and Airbus Military.
The MBDA Marte MK2/S missile is a fire-and-forget, all-weather, medium-range sea-skimming anti-ship weapon system, equipped with inertial mid-course guidance and radar homing terminal guidance, and capable of destroying small vessels and heavily damaging major vessels. The missile has a weight of 310kg and is 3.85m long.
In the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) role, the C295 is already in-service carrying the MK46 torpedo.
The Marte Mk2/S is already integrated on the AW-101 and the NFH-90 naval helicopters.
The new generation C295 is the ideal aircraft for defence and civic missions to the benefit of society, such as humanitarian actions, maritime patrol, and environmental surveillance. Thanks to its robustness, reliability and simple systems, this medium-sized tactical airlifter provides the versatility and flexibility necessary for personnel, troop and bulk or palletised cargo transportation, medical evacuation, communication and logistic duties, and certified air-dropping capabilities. Its mix of dual technology civil/military equipment ensures success in demanding tactical missions, growth potential for systems development, as well as compatibility with the latest civil airspace requirements. The C295 is part of Airbus Military’s family of light and medium airlifters, which also includes the smaller C212 and CN235.