Kazakhstan is to acquire two more Airbus C295 transport aircraft following the signature of a new contract with Airbus Defence and Space.
The agreement, which includes a spares and support package, covers the final two aircraft included in a memorandum of understanding signed in 2012.
Both aircraft will be delivered in the second half of this year and will take the Kazakhstan Air Defence Forces’ C295 fleet to eight and total C295 sales to 186, including 12 in the CIS.
Kazakhstan received its first C295 in January 2013.
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G turboprop engines, the C-295 can carry a payload of 6 tonnes to a distance of 2000 nm (3704 km). It can also configured to seat 71 troops or 50 para troopers.
Equipped with a pressurised cabin, it can cruise at altitudes up to 25,000 ft, while retaining remarkable short take-off & landing (STOL) performance from unprepared short, soft and rough airstrips, as well as low level flight characteristics.
The tactical airlifter is capable of carrying up to nine tonnes of payload, at a maximum cruise speed of 260 kt /480 km/h.