The Serbian Ministry of Defence has ordered two Airbus C295 mlitary transport aircrafts and therefore the Serbian Air Force and Air Defence joins the family of C295 becoming the 36th operator worldwide. The two aircraft, in transport configuration, will be equipped with the modern avionics suite Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion® and will contribute to enhance the air transport capabilities of the Republic of Serbia. Deliveries are expected to commence in late 2023.
The contract was signed in Madrid in the presence of senior government members of the Republic of Serbia and Spain. This contract will be accompanied by a Government-to-Government supervision agreement between the Ministries of Defence of Spain and the Republic of Serbia, which aims to study the development of future defence programmes between both nations. Airbus is committed to maintain and foster its close collaboration with the Republic of Serbia, which already operates Airbus military solutions.
The CASA C-295 is a medium tactical transport aircraft that was designed by the Spanish company CASA (Airbus Defence and Space) in the 1990s as a development of the CASA-Nurtanio CN-235. It made its first flight on 28 November 1997 and entered service with the Spanish Air Force in 2001. The C-295 is capable of performing a wide variety of missions effectively: tactical and logistical transport, parachute and cargo drop, medical evacuation, and maritime patrol.
Its designation as C-295 follows the scheme of the planes designed by CASA, with the initial C of the manufacturer and then a three-digit number, of which the first indicates the number of engines, two in this case, and the next two its target payload: 9.5 tonnes. With this order 33 countries have already relied on the Airbus C295. With a total of 281 orders worldwide and more than half a million flight hours in operation, this aircraft is the undisputed leader in its segment.