Since accepting its first Airbus C-295 military tactical transport aircraft in 2008 the Colombian Air Force (CAF) has steadily increased its fleet of the type and now operates 8 aircrafts. The C295 aircrafts operated by the Air Force’s 811 Transport Squadron for troop transport and humanitarian assistance mission. The Colombian Air Force (CAF) also operates six Airbus Military CN-235-200s and six of the smaller C-212. The new generation C-295 is the ideal aircraft for defence and civic mission to the benefit of society, such as humanitarian actions, maritime patrol, and environmental surveillance missions, amongst others.
The C-295 is a twin-turboprop tactical military transport aircraft, and is currently manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space in Spain. The C-295 is manufactured and assembled in the Airbus Military facilities in the San Pablo Airport, in Seville, Spain. It is a development of the Spanish – Indonesian transport aircraft CASA/IPTN CN-235, but with a stretched fuselage, 50% more payload capability and new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G turboprop engines. The C-295 made its maiden flight in 1998.