The Philippines now has in its inventory 3 new C295 cargo
It is classified as a medium lift aircraft.
The 1st Philippine Air Force C295 plane was delivered in March
The 2nd C295 plane was delivered in September 2015.
The 3rd C295 plane was delivered in December 2015.
A C295 medium lift plane was reported to be capable of carrying
71 passengers or 50 paratroopers or up to 20,000 lbs. of cargo.
It is also capable of carrying 3 light vehicles.
It also has a maximum cruising speed of 260 knots and take off
and land in short and rough airfields.
The C295 aircraft has various variants:
- The C295M military transport version, which the Philippines
- C-295MPA/Persuader, which is a Maritime patrol/anti-submarine
warfare version. It has provision for six hardpoints.
- AEW&C. which is a prototype airborne early warning and control
version with 360 degree radar dome.
- C-295W, which is an enhanced performance version with winglets
and uprated engines announced in 2013.
- AC-295 Gunship, which is a gunship version.
This acquisitions will enhanced the capability of the Philippine
Air Force to conduct Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster
Response (HADR) operations as well as perform its traditional
role of providing airlift requirement of the entire Armed
Forces of The Philippines.
The 3 Philippine Air Force C295 medium lift cargo plane cost
The Plane will be used in support of the existing C130 cargo
plane of the Philippine Air Force which is bigger and can carry
heavier cargo’s and loads.
The Philippine Air Force has 3 active C130 cargo planes.
2 more are expected to be acquired from the US as a US foreign
military sales program.
The Philippine Air Force C295 is expected to replace in the
future the existing Fokker F-27 currently being used by the
Philippine Air Force to complement the C130.
The Fokker F-27 was the last new military transport plane
bought by the Philippine government in the 1980’s.
Hopefully, with these acquisitions and more on the pipeline
will enable the Philippine Air Force to fully perform its
functions and mandate under the law.