Oman looks to Airbus for military transport aircraft

MADRID, Spain, 23 May 2012. The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has chosen to acquire eight Airbus C-295 aircraft, five of them configured as tactical transports and three as maritime patrol aircraft (MPA). They will be delivered starting in 2013.

May 23rd, 2012

MADRID, Spain, 23 May 2012. The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has chosen to acquire eight Airbus C-295 aircraft, five of them configured as tactical transports and three as maritime patrol aircraft (MPA). They will be delivered starting in 2013.

The C-295 is a twin-turboprop tactical military transport aircraft based off the commercial CN-235. The C-295 first was flown in 1998. The aircraft features a range of 828 miles with a full payload of 20,392 lbs.

Oman's C-295 aircraft will be used to patrol territorial waters in missions conducted against piracy, smuggling and illegal immigration. The Oman Royal Police already operate two Airbus CN-235 aircraft as well.

There are currently more than 80 C-295 aircraft in service for 13 countries, with more than 20 more contracted for future delivery.

Parimary competition for the C-295 is the L-3 Communications and Alenia team's C-27J Spartan.

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