The Philippine Air Force’s transport capabilities will be boosted greatly with the scheduled arrival of two more EADS CASA C-295 medium-lift transports before the end of 2015. PAF chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado said the aircraft will be delivered during the last quarter of the year.
Earlier, Col. Enrico Canaya, PAF spokesperson, said “the additional C-295s will enhance the overall capability of the PAF in providing airlift requirements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations.”
The Air Force’s first C-295 was commissioned last March 31. It joins the three other Lockheed C-130 “Hercules” heavy transports being operated by the PAF.
The Philippine contract for the three C-295 is worth PhP5.29 billion. It was signed last year.
The C-295 is categorized as medium lift aircraft equivalent to the Fokker F-27 aircraft being maintained by the 220th Airlift Wing. The C-295s have rear ramp door similar to that of the C-130s for easier access and loading/unloading of passengers and cargoes.
It can carry as much as 71 passengers, 50 paratroops, 24 stretchers with five to seven attendants or up to about 20,000 pounds of cargoes.