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Royal Thai Army to Soon Add Third Airbus C295 Transport Aircraft

Our Bureau - : Nov 6, 2023 - : 3:41 am

The third Airbus C295 transport aircraft ordered by the Royal Thai Army (RTA) arrived in the country in October and is slated to be inducted into service, later in the year. The RTA already operates two of the type, which were ordered in 2005 and 2018 respectively. The third aircraft was ordered in 2021. The three new transport aircraft will replace the RTA’s fleet of ageing CASA 212 light transports, which entered service in 1994. The RTA was slated to retire its CASA 212s from service this year, with only a sole example now thought to be operational.

The C295 is popular in the Asia Pacific region due to its versatility, rough and short-field performance, economical operation and maintenance costs. Capable of operating on short or unprepared airstrips, the C295 is used for tactical transport of troops and the required logistic supplies (water, food, ammunition, medical supplies, and spare parts) from the main operating base to forward bases, and among forward locations which are not accessible to heavier aircraft. It also can airdrop paratroops and cargo loads with the use of 88-in.-width platforms and container delivery system (CDS) A22 bundles.

The aircraft has outstanding low-level flight characteristics for tactical missions, flying at speeds as slow as 110 knots. In the troop passenger configuration, the C295 accommodates 71 troops or 50 paratroopers and jumpmaster. For cargo transportation, the aircraft’s 12.69-metre-long unobstructed pressurized cabin accepts five standard 88” x 108” pallets or eight A-22 containers. On medical evacuation missions, the C295 can be fitted with 24 stretchers and seven medical attendants. Intensive care configurations also are possible. Till date, Airbus has received 283 orders for the C295 from 41 operators, making it the undisputed leader in its segment.

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