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Angola orders 3 C295s for maritime patrol, transport tasks

Angolan C295
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The Republic of Angola has awarded Airbus a contract for the delivery of three C295 airlifters for multirole operations.

According to Airbus, two aircraft will be specifically equipped for maritime surveillance and one for transport missions.

The aircraft configured for transport missions will be able to carry out tactical cargo and troop transport tasks, paratrooping, load dropping or humanitarian missions.

The two C295s configured as maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) will be responsible for search and rescue (SAR), control of illegal fishing and borders, support in case of natural disasters and intelligence-gathering missions, among others.

They will be equipped with the Airbus-developed FITS (fully integrated tactical system) mission system in addition to the sensors necessary for maritime missions.

All three aircraft will also feature the latest version of the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion avionics suite.

Airbus says that Angola’s Air Force, the Força Aérea Nacional, would become the 38th C295 operator worldwide. Angola is also the second country to place an order for the C295 this year after Serbia purchased two airframes in February this year.