In order to give you a better service Airbus uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies I agree

C295

C295

The most versatile and efficient Tactical Transport aircraft

The Airbus C295 is a new generation tactical airlifter in the light and medium segment. It is robust and reliable but also highly versatile in terms of the number of different missions it can perform.

The C295W conducts multi-role operations worldwide under all weather conditions. It is fully

certified and routinely operates day and night in combat missions in all weather extremes, from desert to maritime environments, from extreme hot to extreme cold temperatures.

Now, with the new C295W version equipped with winglets, the aircraft is capable of transporting more payload over larger distances in the hot and high conditions typical of various countries included in this tour of the region, resulting in fuel savings of around 4% and increased safety margins in mountainous regions.

Today’s Armed Forces have increasing demands for various air transport missions. And no matter what the requirements for an operation are, the C295 stands ready to conduct its mission successfully.

Orders & deliveries
Total Orders 198
Total Deliveries
161
Total in Operation
159

Key figures

Range
2,000 nm (With 6.0 t of payload)
Flight Hours
Up to 11 hours in the air
Flight Hours
71 troops and 50 paratroops and 5 pallets

C295 variants

High versatility, many variants, multiple missions, one aircraft. Most of the different variants can easily be re-configured to a transport version and back, due to the palletized modular mission systems.

Armed/Ground ISR

Armed/Ground ISR

An Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance version with a multi-mission radar that can also be weaponized to conduct effective Close-Air-Support operations.

Water Bomber

Water Bomber

A versatile Roll-on / Roll-off system converts the C295 into an efficient Water Bomber to fight forest fires with up to 7000 litres of water or retardant.

MPA / ASW

MPA / ASW

Its reliable long time on station in combination with its Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) make the C295 the perfect platform for Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare missions.

SIGINT

SIGINT

Complete interception of electromagnetic (ELINT) and communication (COMINT) emissions to obtain a high level of situational awareness and to generate an intelligence advantage.

AEW

AEW

In its Airborne Early Warning version the C295 carries a state-of-the-art AESA radar for 360 Degrees coverage to provide a full picture of the airspace.

Air-to-Air Refueling

Air-to-Air Refueling

With a removable refueling kit, the C295 can be easily transformed into a tanker aircraft that is able to provide up to 6000kg of fuel to fixed and rotary wing receivers.

VIP Transport

VIP Transport

With its palletized VIP-seat modules the C295 brings a high level of comfort to short / unpaved airstrips in remote areas where usual VIP aircraft cannot land.

Medical Evacuation

Medical Evacuation

In its MEDEVAC configuration the C295 can fit up to 24 stretchers plus 7 medical attendants and even intensive care configurations are possible.

Missions and operations

The robustness and versatility of the C295 makes it the ideal platform for any type of military or civic operations for the benefit of society.

Military operations

The C295 aircraft is combat proven and has successfully completed military missions in all types of environments. It routinely operates in the hot and humid environments of the Brazilian jungle and Colombian mountains, in the dusty and very hot deserts of Algeria and Jordan, and in the extremely cold winters and icy conditions of Poland and Finland. The C295 has been successfully used during long deployments (up to two years, flying up to 90 hours per aircraft per month) in remote areas, such as Chad, Iraq and Afghanistan. The C295 has become the most trusted airlifter in its category, being used either as single transport type, or as a versatile and efficient complement to heavy airlifters and transport helicopters.

In its military role, C295 is used for:

• Tactical transport of troops and the required logistic supplies (water, food, ammunition, medical supplies, spare parts) from the main operating base to the forward bases, and among forward locations. The C295 can use short unprepared airstrips not accessible to heavier aircraft.

• Airdrop of paratroops and loads, with the use of 88in-width platforms and container delivery system (CDS) A22 bundles.

  • Activities related to antiterrorism, border control and homeland security, thanks to its integrated surveillance systems, including the FITS. 
  • Casualty evacuation (Casevac) /Medical evacuation (Medevac) using either basic litters or mobile intensive care units (ICU) with life support equipment. 

In addition, C295 also offers especial versions such as Gunship (Close air support to ground troops, convoys, facilities, etc) and optional self-protection equipment, which are already in service in hostile environments like Iraq and Afghanistan: cockpit armour, radar warning (RWR), missile warning (MAWS), laser warning (LWS), and chaff/flares dispensers.

Civic / humanitarian

Humanitarian Missions
The C295 is ideal for any kind of Humanitarian mission for the benefit of society. Robust, solid, rugged, and with outstanding low level flight and short take-off and landing characteristics from unprepared rough, soft and short airstrips, but also a flying endurance of up to eleven hours, the C295 is also fitted with Airbus Defence and Space’s unique Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) allowing any kind of surveillance and monitoring.

Civic Missions
The C295’s “civic” activities include surveillance and control activities such as search and rescue, monitoring of illegal immigration, drug smuggling, piracy, illegal fishery, maritime pollution control and deterrance, wild deforestation, bringing supplies to people living in remote locations (isolated islands, deserts, etc). These are performed by most of the operators, such as the Portuguese Air Force to patrol the huge Portugal’s Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ), including areas around Azores and Madeira islands. Chilean Navy and Brazilian Air Force also use the C295 for search and rescue (SAR) missions.The Surveillance activities can be performed thanks to the Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS), which can be installed in both permanent or palletized solution.

Web.c295.large.17
 

Highly versatile tactical airlifter

The longest cabin, optimized for daily missions
Being 12.7 m / 41 ft 8 in long, the C295 has the longest unobstructed cabin in its class. It can accommodate up to 71 seats, offering a much higher persononnel carrying capability than its competitors in this segment. For the same reason, it can carry much more palletised cargo(up to five 88 inch X 108 inch standard HCU-6E pallets) with direct off-loading through its rear ramp door.

Short Take-off & landing (STOL)
The C295’s STOL capability combined with a strong landing gear enable it to operate in the most austere locations with the worst conditions for take-off and landings. The aircraft is a tactical military transport with a light footprint to enable operations from short (no longer than 670 m / 2,200 ft), soft and rough (CBR 2) unprepared airstrips. The C295 is also designed to provide outstanding low-level flight characteristics for tactical missions, flying at speeds down to 110 kt.

Web.c295.large.1
 

Advanced Technology

A key to C295’s unique patrol and surveillance capabilities is its Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) which integrates, controls and displays the mission sensors, enhancing the mission awareness and facilitating the decision making.

The C295 is fitted with the Highly Integrated Avionics System (HIAS), an advanced integrated avionics system based on the Thales Topdeck ® Avionics suite. The flexible architecture concept and the use of dual technology civil/military equipment ensure success on demanding tactical missions, growth potential for future equipment as well as compatibility with the latest civil airspace environment.

The left engine is fitted with a propeller brake: while on the ground the engine gas generator can function in APU mode with the propeller stopped to deliver electrical power and bleed air for the aircraft systems. The propeller brake system provides the same ground-power functionalities of a conventional on-board APU at a fraction of the cost, weight and complexity.

The C295 glass cockpit with digital avionics includes four large active matrix liquid crystal displays (6’’x8’’), fully compatible with night vision goggles. The advanced integrated avionics system with multifunctional displays provides improved situational awareness and flight safety, lower pilot workload and enhanced mission effectiveness. The system functionalities support the requirements for both civil and military tactical environments: CARP/HARP computational aids (for precision airdrops), performance management, VNAV, radio management, tactical databases, etc. The autopilot and flight director System is certified under FAR-25 requirements for ILS Cat I and Cat II approaches and GPS non-precision approaches for automatic or manual operations.

Media

C295 search and rescue aircraft      
C295 search and rescue aircraft
 / 

22 January 2018

C295 search and rescue aircraft

C295 Armed Version      
C295 Armed Version
 / 

18 December 2017

C295 Armed Version

C295 Armed Version      
C295 Armed Version
 / 

18 December 2017

C295 Armed Version

C295 Armed Version      
C295 Armed Version
 / 

18 December 2017

C295 Armed Version

C295 Armed Version      
C295 Armed Version
 / 

18 December 2017

C295 Armed Version

C295 Kazakhstan Air Force      
C295 Kazakhstan Air Force
 / 

18 December 2017

C295 Kazakhstan Air Force

C295 Kazakhstan Air Force      
C295 Kazakhstan Air Force
 / 

23 November 2017

C295 Kazakhstan Air Force

C295 9      
C295 9
 / 

15 November 2017

C295 9

C295 armament highlighted at Dubai Airshow 2017      
C295 armament highlighted at Dubai Airshow 2017
 / 

12 November 2017

C295 armament highlighted at Dubai Airshow 2017

At Dubai Airshow 2017, Airbus’ versatile C295 is exhibited for the first time with a display of weaponry to be qualified on the multi-mission aircraft

Read more
C295 armament highlighted at Dubai Airshow 2017      
C295 armament highlighted at Dubai Airshow 2017
 / 

12 November 2017

C295 armament highlighted at Dubai Airshow 2017

At Dubai Airshow 2017, Airbus’ versatile C295 is exhibited for the first time with a display of weaponry to be qualified on the multi-mission aircraft

Read more
C295 armament highlighted at Dubai Airshow 2017      
C295 armament highlighted at Dubai Airshow 2017
 / 

12 November 2017

C295 armament highlighted at Dubai Airshow 2017

At Dubai Airshow 2017, Airbus’ versatile C295 is exhibited for the first time with a display of weaponry to be qualified on the multi-mission aircraft

Read more
Airbus Defence And Space - Static - Day 0 - Dubai 2017      
Airbus Defence And Space - Static - Day 0 - Dubai 2017
 / 

11 November 2017

Airbus Defence And Space - Static - Day 0 - Dubai 2017

The comprehensive range of weapons to be integrated on Airbus’ versatile C295 is shown with the twin-engine military aircraft on display at Dubai Airshow 2017.

Read more
Airbus Defence And Space - Static - Day 0 - Dubai 2017      
Airbus Defence And Space - Static - Day 0 - Dubai 2017
 / 

11 November 2017

Airbus Defence And Space - Static - Day 0 - Dubai 2017

The comprehensive range of weapons to be integrated on Airbus’ versatile C295 is shown with the twin-engine military aircraft on display at Dubai Airshow 2017.

Read more
Airbus Defence And Space - Static - Day 0 - Dubai 2017      
Airbus Defence And Space - Static - Day 0 - Dubai 2017
 / 

11 November 2017

Airbus Defence And Space - Static - Day 0 - Dubai 2017

The comprehensive range of weapons to be integrated on Airbus’ versatile C295 is shown with the twin-engine military aircraft on display at Dubai Airshow 2017.

Read more
C295, end of Tour at Campo Grande military base, Brazil      
C295, end of Tour at Campo Grande military base, Brazil
 / 

03 August 2017

C295, end of Tour at Campo Grande military base, Brazil

The first Airbus C295 Search and Rescue (SAR) for the Brazilian Air Force performed a successful five-week demonstration tour that ended at the Campo Grande military base

Read more
AIRBUS Ambiance - 24 June PAS 2017      
AIRBUS Ambiance - 24 June PAS 2017
 / 

24 June 2017

AIRBUS Ambiance - 24 June PAS 2017

The 2017 Paris Air Show showcased a broad range of aircraft on its static display line, such as the C295 and the A400M.

Read more
Guiness World Record Photo - 22 June PAS 2017      
Guiness World Record Photo - 22 June PAS 2017
 / 

22 June 2017

Guiness World Record Photo - 22 June PAS 2017

The largest human image of a two-handed gesture was achieved by Airbus at the 2017 Paris Air Show, gathering 311 people for the Guinness World Record photo.

Read more
C295 Static Display - 21 June PAS 2017      
C295 Static Display - 21 June PAS 2017
 / 

21 June 2017

C295 Static Display - 21 June PAS 2017

Airbus C295 military transport aircraft on static display at the 2017 Paris Air Show.

C295 Brazilian Air Force      
C295 Brazilian Air Force
 / 

16 June 2017

C295 Brazilian Air Force

C295 Brazilian Air Force

Airbus C295 transport aircraft flying      
Airbus C295 transport aircraft flying
 / 

20 April 2017

Airbus C295 transport aircraft flying

Dubai Airshow 2017: Focus on Airbus Defence and Space        
 
 / 

13 November 2017

Dubai Airshow 2017: Focus on Airbus Defence and Space

Fernando Alonso, Head of Military Aircraft at Airbus Defence and Space, provides an overview of the products and technologies on display at the 2017 Dubai Airshow.

Read more
Meet the Expert: Fernando Ciria, Head of Marketing  ISR and Tactical Air Lifter - WEB        
 
 / 

22 June 2017

Meet the Expert: Fernando Ciria, Head of Marketing ISR and Tactical Air Lifter - WEB

During Paris Air Show, we sit with Fernando Ciria, Head of Marketing Light & Medium & ISR to talk about the C295 capabilities. He also gives us a hint on the Brazilian C295 World tour.

Read more
C295W North America Tour        
 
 / 

21 June 2017

C295W North America Tour

During its North America tour, C295W covered around 16,000 kilometres. The tour included stops in Mexico, Canada and USA.

Read more
C295 African Tour        
 
 / 

21 June 2017

C295 African Tour

Today’s Armed Forces have increasing demands for various air transport missions. And no matter what the requirements for an operation are, the C295 stands ready to conduct its mission successfully.

Read more
C295 ISR        
 
 / 

21 June 2017

C295 ISR

C295 Intelligence and Surveillance (ISR) is equipped with a tactical system proven during ISR/ASW missions, and under-wing stations to carry weapons and other stores.

Read more
C295 water bomber        
 
 / 

21 June 2017

C295 water bomber

Today’s Armed Forces have increasing demands for various air transport missions. And no matter what the requirements for an operation are, the C295 stands ready to conduct its mission successfully.

Read more
C295W refueling helicopter        
 
 / 

26 April 2017

C295W refueling helicopter

Airbus has followed its recent successful demonstration of air-to-air refueling between two C295W medium transports with a demonstration of refueling contacts with a H225M Caracal helicopter.

Read more
C295 MPA        
 
 / 

26 April 2017

C295 MPA

C295's reliable long time on station in combination with its Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) make the aircraft the perfect platform for Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare missions.

Read more
C295 - transport aircraft        
 
 / 

14 March 2017

C295 - transport aircraft

Today’s Armed Forces have increasing demands for various air transport missions. And no matter what the requirements for an operation are, the C295 stands ready to conduct its mission successfully.

Read more
C295W First Tanker Contact        
 
 / 

06 October 2016

C295W First Tanker Contact

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully demonstrated the Airbus C295W medium transport as an airborne tanker. The C295W, equipped with a palletized air-to-air refuelling unit and associated computer control system, conducted multiple contacts with a standard Spanish Air Force C295 in a test flight on 29 September. More Info: http://bit.ly/2dMuXTM

Read more
Interview to Head of Light&Medium Marketing Fernando Ciria        
 
 / 

14 July 2016

Interview to Head of Light&Medium Marketing Fernando Ciria

Learn more about C295 through Fernando Ciria, Head of Light&Medium Marketing at Airbus Defence and Space. More about Farnborough here!

Read more
C295W Takes off from Kasabonika, Canada        
 
 / 

29 June 2016

C295W Takes off from Kasabonika, Canada

C295W unpaved take off was demonstrated at Kasabonika, Canada. More information: http://bit.ly/262Nilg

Read more
C295W North American Tour  - Prince Albert skydivers        
 
 / 

25 June 2016

C295W North American Tour - Prince Albert skydivers

Another impressive clip on the skydivers jumping from C295W! Follow C295W on its C295W North American Tour! www.airbusds.com/c295wnatour

Read more
Skydivers jumping from C295W in Canada        
 
 / 

25 June 2016

Skydivers jumping from C295W in Canada

As part of the C295W North American Tour and while in Prince Albert, 11 Skydivers jumped from 14,000 feet. More on the tour here! http://www.airbusds.com/c295wnatour

Read more
Arrival of C295W at Resolute Bay, Canada        
 
 / 

23 June 2016

Arrival of C295W at Resolute Bay, Canada

Impressive landing of C295W at one of the most remote communities in Canada. Follow C295W on its North American Tour here: http://bit.ly/262Nilg

Read more
C295W demo flight in Canada        
 
 / 

21 June 2016

C295W demo flight in Canada

C295W STOL and unpaved landing was demonstrated on a grass strip located at the Prince Albert airport. More information: http://bit.ly/262Nilg

Read more
C295W takes off from Ensenada, Mexico        
 
 / 

20 June 2016

C295W takes off from Ensenada, Mexico

C295W departures from Ensenada, Mexico to Saskatoon, Canada as part of its North American Tour. More information about the tour here: http://bit.ly/262Nilg

Read more
Meet us at ILA 2016 in Berlin        
 
 / 

18 May 2016

Meet us at ILA 2016 in Berlin

This year we will be present from 1st to 4th June at the ILA Berlin Air Show, held in Germany – where we have a significant industrial footprint and strong heritage. Come visit us at our booth in hall 2 and see our products in the BDLI space pavilion as well as on flight- and static display. More info: http://bit.ly/2053SNn

Read more
C295 ISR        
 
 / 

29 March 2016

C295 ISR

C295 Intelligence and Surveillance (ISR) is equipped with a tactical system proven during ISR/ASW missions, and under-wing stations to carry weapons and other stores. More info: http://bit.ly/1Q564UD

Read more
Join us at FIDAE Airshow        
 
 / 

18 March 2016

Join us at FIDAE Airshow

Experience the latest Airbus Defence and Space technology from march 29th till april 3rd at FIDAE Air Show 2016

Read more

Our Defence portfolio

A400M

A330 MRTT

Eurofighter

C295

Services

Services

Back to top