The Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s second Airbus Military C-295 medium transport aircraft will arrive at Clark Field, Pampanga Tuesday afternoon. “C-295M tail number 140 left Spain last Sept. 8. It is expected to arrive at Clark Field tomorrow Sept. 15 on the afternoon. It will undergo technical inspection and acceptance process [before being] formally turned over to PAF later,” said PAF spokesperson Col. Enrico Canaya, in a message to the PNA Monday.
Canaya also said that there was no final date yet on the C-295’s turnover to the Air Force. The first C-295 with tail number 129 arrived at Clark Air Base, Pampanga in the afternoon of March 22.
The Philippines has a three C-295 contract worth Php5.29 billion with Airbus Military signed last year.
Airbus earlier said that delivery of aircraft will be earlier than schedule. “The remaining two aircraft will be delivered ahead of schedule during the second half of this year,” Airbus Defence and Space press manager for military aircraft Kieran Daly previously said.
According to original schedule, first unit was set to be delivered August 2015 and the second one was scheduled by March 2016, while the third aircraft was expected September 2016.
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. with PNA