A photo of one C-295 built by Airbus Military/CASA was uploaded by A. Muñiz Zaragüeta of Spain on February 10 at Airliners.net. The photo was described as “first of three ordered C-295M to Philipphine Air Force.”
The description added “note [the] insignia of the Philippine Air Force in tail and insignia of 223rd Tactical Airlift Squadron in nose.”
223rd Tactical Airlift Squadron is part of 220th Airlift Wing based at Benito Ebuen Air Base, Mactan Island, Cebu.
Philippine Air Force is yet to make a comment regarding the uploaded photo.
In early reports, first unit of PAF’s C-295 will be delivered August 2015 and the second one will arrive by March of 2016. While the third aircraft is expected in September 2016.
The said firm will be providing the Air Force with three C295 planes for PhP 5,288,609,983.99. C295 is a smaller aircraft compared to C130.
“The Airbus Military C295 is a new generation, very robust and reliable, highly versatile tactical airlifter able to carry up to nine tonnes of payload or up to 71 personnel,” the manufacturer said.