Published on April 24th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer0
New Irish Air Corps C295 Rolls out of the Paint Shop
The Irish Air Corps has released photos of one of the two new Airbus Defence C295 following painting in the factory at Seville. It shows one of the aircraft, serial ‘284’, in a dark grey colour scheme similar to the recently delivered Pilatus PC-12s. The two C295s were ordered in December 2019 to replace the existing CN235s, serials ‘252’ and ‘253’ which have been in service since 1994.
The principal role of the existing CN235s is maritime surveillance, particularly fishery protection. It also enables the Air Corps to provide a wide range of services including logistics support and transport of troops and equipment, medical evacuation and air ambulance, search and rescue and a general utility role. The C295s will be configured with Airbus’s Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) mission equipment and optimised for maritime surveillance and fisheries protection tasks. They will also feature Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion avionics; equipment first installed on the C295 in support of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s future fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft fleet. The cost of the contract, including equipment fit-out and ancillary support, is approximately €221.6 million including VAT.
Airbus Defence and Space has to date secured orders for a total of 281 C295s from 33 nations. The fleet has achieved over half a million flight hours in service.