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7 décembre 2015 1 07 /12 /décembre /2015 08:50
photo Airbus DS

photo Airbus DS


December 3, 2015: Strategy Page


Airbus DS is adding new optional features to its popular C295 transport. One is a kit that enables the aircraft to refuel in the air. The other kit enables the aircraft to land and take off on smaller airfields. These two features are provided largely at the request of customers that use the C295 for special operations missions.


The C295s entered service in 2001 and are manufactured in Spain. C295 is a 23 ton twin engine turboprop aircraft that can carry six tons for up to 2,200 kilometers. Top speed is 570 kilometers an hour and max payload is nine tons or 71 troops. Users note that the C295 is easy to maintain, stands up well to daily operation over long periods and copes with hot and dusty conditions. So far over 220 C295s have been ordered by 20 countries.


One of the latest sales (early 2015) was India which is paying $33.4 million each for 56 C295 transports. These will replace the elderly (some 50 years old) HAL-748 transports. The HAL-768 is a license built version of the British Avro 748. India bought 89 HAL-748s in the 1960s but only about fifty are still flyable.  India began looking for someone to replace the HAL-768s in 2012 and asked for proposals from all major aircraft manufacturers. Only AirBus responded because India insisted that the manufacturer build most of the aircraft in India with an existing Indian company. AirBus partnered with Tata Motors to build 40 C295s in India while the first 16 wound come from the Spanish manufacturer. The Avros were built in India by state owned and run HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) as were most aircraft built in India since the 1940s. But HAL has a terrible reputation for quality and reliability so the choice of Tata (a younger and more innovative and successful firm) is appealing because it would give HAL some effective competition.

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12 novembre 2015 4 12 /11 /novembre /2015 17:45
Ghana acquires third C295 as Airbus finalises further African orders


12 November 2015 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb


The Ghana Air Force has acquired a third C295 transport aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space, confirming plans announced last year. The company is finalising three new C295 contracts in East and West Africa, with two already having been signed.


Ghana’s third C295 was seen at Airbus’s final assembly plant in Seville, Spain, in late October.


Ghana received its first C295 in November 2011 and the second in April 2012 as part of the Air Force’s modernisation drive. One of the C295s was used to support the United Nations-led MINUSMA mission in Mali. In November 2014 Ghana’s president John Dramani Mahama announced that Ghana would acquire an additional C295, in addition to other aircraft, including five Super Tucanos, Mi-17s and four Z-9s.


Antonio Rodriguez Barberan, Head Of Sales, Military Aircraft at Airbus Defence and Space, said that two African C295 contracts have been signed while the third depends on certain financial obligations being met. He told defenceWeb that he sees sales of 50 aircraft in the next decade to the continent.


At the moment Algeria has six C295s in service, Ghana three and Egypt has ordered 24. Airbus is currently still manufacturing C295s for Egypt.


Barberan said he sees Egypt as having a need for additional C295s and said that the North African country is an important customer for Airbus. The Egyptian Air Force is an enthusiastic operator of the type, having accumulated 10 000 flight hours in its first four years of operation, with several pilots reaching 1 000 flight hours.


In total, the 139 C295s flying in the world have accumulated more than 230 000 flight hours while the CN235 fleet of 236 aircraft has accumulated more than 1.35 million flight hours.


Elsewhere, Airbus is hoping to sell its C295 to Canada to meet its requirement for a Buffalo and C-130 replacement. The aircraft would be configured for search and rescue and maritime surveillance. The C295 is the only finalist in India’s competition for an Avro replacement and may be produced locally in India, and Barberan said that he expects to see more C295 orders from Latin America in 2016.


Airbus is offering the C295 in a multitude of guises, including waterbomber, gunship, VIP transport, ground surveillance, signals intelligence, air-to-air refuelling, maritime patrol, search and rescue, oil spill dispersant and airborne early warning and control platform.

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4 novembre 2015 3 04 /11 /novembre /2015 17:50
C295 MPA destiné à Oman sur le site d'Airbus à Séville. Au deuxième plan un C295 qui sera prochainement livré au Ghana. Photo  Emmanuel Huberdeau

C295 MPA destiné à Oman sur le site d'Airbus à Séville. Au deuxième plan un C295 qui sera prochainement livré au Ghana. Photo Emmanuel Huberdeau


04/11/2015 par Emmanuel Huberdeau – Air & Cosmos


L'avion de transport C295 est le best seller d'Airbus Defence & Space (DS). Selon l'industriel européen, plus de 160 appareils ont déjà été vendus et l'avion est actuellement opéré par 22 pays. Contraste saisissant par rapport aux difficultés du programme A400M


Airbus DS compte bien poursuivre ses efforts pour étendre la gamme des capacités du C295 et ainsi remporter de nouveaux marchés. En 2015, Airbus DS a obtenu la certification du C295W EP. Un appareil doté de Winglets et de nouveaux moteurs aux performances accrues (EP : Enhanced Performance). Le rayon d'action de l'appareil a été augmenté de 8% (De 2 300 à 2 500 nautiques avec une charge de 4 tonnes) et les capacités d'emport ont été améliorées. Le premier C295W a été livré à la Marine mexicaine en avril 2015. Depuis cette année, à moins d'une demande expresse du client, tous les C295 neufs sont dotés de winglets.

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12 juin 2014 4 12 /06 /juin /2014 10:45
Airbus still promoting A400M, C295 to South Africa


10 June 2014 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb


Airbus Defence and Space is still hopeful South Africa will buy A400M strategic transport aircraft and is promoting it and the C295 light transport to the South African Air Force (SAAF).


According to Antonio Rodriguez-Barberan, Vice President Commercial at Airbus Military, the company is “absolutely interested” in offering the A400M as a replacement for the SAAF’s C-130 Hercules, which are due to be retired in 2020. “We want to be back in South Africa. Yes, there is a need for maritime patrol and a certain need for tactical and strategic transport.”


He told defenceWeb Airbus is keeping its work packages with Denel and Aerosud in place not just because they do a good job manufacturing A400M components but because Airbus is hoping for an order from South Africa. Airbus kept South Africa’s A400M workshare in place even after the government cancelled an order for eight A400Ms in 2009. Denel and Aerosud manufacture parts for the A400M, including the wing to fuselage fairing and other large components.


Barberan said South Africa has a need for an aircraft like the A400M, especially since its diplomatic and regional ambitions require it to move cargo and equipment to places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for peacekeeping missions or to places like Sudan for humanitarian missions. Rather than chartering aircraft like the An-124 and Il-76, an A400M could fly supplies directly to where needed most, even if only an unprepared airstrip is available.


He said the A400M was not competing on price but on capability terms. Barberan estimated South Africa would need four A400Ms as a first step to establishing a modern airlift facility.


The first export production slots for the A400M will become available in 2017 and it will be around three years after an order is placed that aircraft could be delivered so if South Africa is to retire the C-130 in 2020, it needs to make a decision within the next few years.


Barberan said he hoped to have an A400M export customer by the end of this year. Airbus began actively promoting the aircraft for export last year and hopes to sell between 300 and 400 on the export market over the next 30 years, capturing a 50% market share.


Airbus is also promoting the CN235/C295 to the SAAF to meet its maritime surveillance requirements. The company brought out a C295 in 2012, which was demonstrated to the local air force. However, Barberan could not say when the SAAF might place an order for a new maritime surveillance platform, especially as funding is problematic. His company is aiming to sell the maritime patrol variant to South Africa, which features sensors such as a radar and electro-optical pods as well as a roll on/roll off mission suite that would allow the aircraft to be used purely in the cargo role as well.


Guy Martin is in Spain as a guest of Airbus Defence and Space.

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7 mai 2014 3 07 /05 /mai /2014 07:45
US military aid to Egypt again halted; C295 deliveries continue


05 May 2014 defenceWeb (Reuters)


US Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, said on Tuesday last week that he would not approve sending funds to the Egyptian military, denouncing a "sham trial" in which a court sentenced 683 people to death.


The Pentagon on April 22 said that US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel had told Egyptian Minister of Defence Colonel General Sedki Sobhy that President Barack Obama had approved delivery of ten AH-64 Apache helicopters to support Egypt’s counter-terrorism operations in the Sinai, together with $650 million. Deliveries of F-16C/D fighter jets, M1 Abrams main battle tank kits and Harpoon missiles were still suspended.


However, in a speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Leahy said that, "I'm not prepared to sign off on the delivery of additional aid for the Egyptian military. I'm not prepared to do that until we see convincing evidence the government is committed to the rule of law."


An Egyptian court last Monday sentenced the leader of the Mursi's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and 682 supporters to death, intensifying a crackdown on the Islamist movement that could trigger protests and political violence ahead of an election this month.


Leahy said he would be watching the situation in Egypt with "growing dismay" even if he were not chairman of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, denouncing "a sham trial lasting barely an hour."


"It's an appalling abuse of the justice system, which is fundamental to any democracy. Nobody, nobody, can justify this. It does not show democracy. It shows a dictatorship run amok. It is a total violation of human rights," the Vermont Democrat said.


The Apaches are not subject to legislative approval, congressional aides said.


Washington normally sends $1.5 billion in mostly military aid to Egypt each year, but a U.S. law intended to promote international human rights, written by Leahy, bars funding for governments brought to power via military coup.


The Obama administration wavered for months last year over what to call the July events in Cairo. But it cut aid off in October to demonstrate unhappiness after the ouster of Mohamed Mursi, who emerged from the Muslim Brotherhood to become Egypt's first democratically elected leader after a popular uprising ended the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.


Egypt was due to take delivery of 12 AH-64D Block II Apache Longbow helicopters as part of a deal confirmed in May 2009.


Meanwhile, Airbus Defence and Space has continued delivering C295 transport aircraft to Egypt. An eighth Egyptian Air Force C295 was seen transiting Malta on April 4 on its delivery flight from the Airbus factory in Spain.


The Egyptian Air Force has ordered 12 C295Ms, with an initial three being ordered in October 2010 and deliveries being completed in November and December 2011. Another three were ordered in March 2012 and another six in January 2013.


Airbus Military had planned to deliver this final batch of six by the end of 2013, but on August 28 the Spanish Inter-Ministerial Council on Defence and Dual Use Materiel (JIMDDU) suspended all existing Egyptian defence contracts, saying the move was cautionary and would be reviewed every month following the Egyptian military’s overthrow of Mursi’s democratically elected government on July 3.


Deliveries resumed in December, with a seventh example spotted on its delivery flight in Malta on December 3, 2013.

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 22:25
FIDAE: Airbus Expands Cooperation With Chile's ENAER



Mar. 25, 2014 - By JOSÉ HIGUERA – Defense News


SANTIAGO — Airbus Defence and Space and Chile’s Empresa Nacional Aeronautica (ENAER), the state-owned aerospace firm under Air Force administration, signed a cooperation agreement Tuesday expanding their 30-year joint business arrangement for maintenance and upgrade services.

The agreement will increase cooperation and technology transfers for maintenance of C-295, CN-235 and C-212 transport planes, as well as for upgrading of A-36T Aviojet training and light strike planes.

The agreement was signed by Antonio Rodriguez-Barberan, the head of military sales at Airbus Defence and Space, and Chilean Air Force Brig. Gen. Henry Cleveland, CEO of ENAER.

The signing took place during the opening day of the FIDAE International Aerospace Show, the main military and commercial trade aerospace show in South America, which is running here this week.

The agreement with ENAER is part of a push by Airbus Defence and Space to establish a maintenance, repair and overhaul network with preferred partners around the world.

In the case of ENAER, the arrangement will allow the Chilean firm to provide, at the start, maintenance services to operators of the C-212 from Chile as well as other South American nations.

There are about 30 C-212s in service with military operators in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay and Venezuela.

As part of the agreement, ENAER will receive additional support for the maintenance and potential upgrade of the A-36T/C-101 Aviojet training and light strike jets of the Chilean Air Force.

The Chilean firm also maintains C-101 jets in service with the Honduran Air Force.

Rodriguez-Barberan said, “It was a great pleasure for Airbus Defence and Space to sign this cooperation agreement with ENAER, a company with which we have such close historical ties. We are today strengthening not only our cooperation with this company, but with the whole Chilean aerospace industry.”

Cleveland underlined that “this agreement will allow us in ENAER to provide maintenance services that are much needed, both in Chile and in other countries in our region.”

ENAER’s relationship with the European group started in the 1980s, when a number of C-101 jets were locally assembled for service with the Chilean Air Force. Later, the Chilean firm started manufacturing parts for the CN-235 and C-295, as well as providing maintenance services for C-212s

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 18:30
photo Airbus DS

photo Airbus DS


25.03.2014 by Arie Egozi - FG


Tel Aviv - Israel Aerospace Industries is in different stages of negotiations with four countries that have shown interest in the Airbus Defence & Space C295 medium transport, fitted with an airborne early warning and control system suite supplied by its Elta Systems subsidiary.


Airbus has previously flown one of its C295 development aircraft with an aerodynamic model of an AEW rotodome installed.


Elta is offering a mission system including a radar, command, control and communications equipment and electronic intelligence sensors.


An Israeli source says the proposed AEW version of the C295 is an attractive option for air forces that already use the European design for transport applications. The current interest includes some nations that currently use the twin-turboprop, the source reveals.


Airbus says an AEW version of the C295 would have a mission endurance of up to 9h, and be capable of operating at an altitude of up to 26,000ft (7,930m). The company is exhibiting a Brazilian air force-operated C295 at the 25-30 March FIDAE show in Santiago, Chile.

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3 décembre 2013 2 03 /12 /décembre /2013 17:30
An Egyptian Air Force C295

An Egyptian Air Force C295



29 November 2013 by Guy Martin – defenceWeb


It appears that the Egyptian Air Force will receive its six remaining C295s on order from Airbus Military, after delivery was earlier halted due to the political crisis there.


Three C295s in Egyptian Air Force colours were seen undergoing test flights at the Seville-San Pablo Airport in Spain near Airbus Military’s facilities there this week, reports Air Forces Daily. One had been painted in white United Nations colours in September and was presumed to be destined for Ghana but earlier this week was seen in Egyptian Air Force colours. (Ghana has two C295s on order and will lease them to the United Nations.)


The Egyptian Air Force has ordered a total of 12 C-295Ms, of which at least five and possibly six have been delivered. An initial three were ordered in October 2010, with deliveries being completed in November and December 2011. Another three were ordered in March last year and another six in January this year.


Airbus Military had planned to deliver this final batch of six by the end of 2013, but on August 28 the Spanish Inter-Ministerial Council on Defence and Dual Use Materiel (JIMDDU) suspended all existing Egyptian defence contracts, saying the move was cautionary and would be reviewed every month.


This move came after the Egyptian military took over from Mohammed Morsi’s democratically elected government on July 3, leading to severe violence and unrest in the country.


Many other countries subsequently suspended military shipments to Egypt, including the United States, the UK, Germany and others. As a result, Egypt is now looking towards Russia to supply its defence hardware.

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31 octobre 2013 4 31 /10 /octobre /2013 17:50
Czech Republic Confirms Acceptance of 4 C295 Aircraft

the Czech Deputy Minister of Defence Mr. Libor Karásek, Col. Jaromir Sebesta, Czech AF Deputy Commander, Ramón Bau from the Airbus Military Customer Support organisation, and Agustín Benassar from the Airbus Military Commercial organization



Oct 31, 2013 ASDNews Source : Airbus


A Czech Republic delegation headed by the Deputy Minister of Defence Mr. Libor Karásek has confirmed the acceptance of four Airbus Military C295 transport aircraft. The Czech Republic delegation visited different Airbus Military facilities in Spain, including the C295 final assembly line (FAL).

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6 juin 2013 4 06 /06 /juin /2013 07:50
A400M-C295 photo Airbus Military

A400M-C295 photo Airbus Military

4 Jun 2013 By Craig Hoyle - FG


With his company within weeks of delivering its first A400M under a European project for 170 of the type, Airbus Military chief executive Domingo Ureña-Raso has for the first time hinted openly at a potential future development programme for a smaller transport aircraft.


To provide the air forces of Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and the UK - plus first export customer Malaysia - with a tactical airlifter capable of carrying a maximum payload of 37t, the A400M has been designed to occupy a niche between the USA's smaller Lockheed Martin C-130J and larger Boeing C-17.


Significant product development work is still being conducted on Airbus Military's C295 medium transport, which can carry a cargo of up to 9t. This includes a winglet-equipped production standard to be delivered to customers from 2014, plus a version on offer to several potential buyers with an airborne early warning and control system developed by Israel Aerospace Industries' Elta Systems subsidiary.


Speaking in Seville on 29 May, Ureña-Raso said the company's next development task could be to create an offering to fit below the size of the C-130 Hercules. Possible payload capacities for such a product could be in the 9t area already occupied by the current C295, or in the "16-18t" sector, he said. The latter would pit any such transport in the same broad category as Embraer's turbofan-powered KC-390 transport and tanker, which the Brazilian company says will be able to lift between 16 and 23t, depending on mission type. Embraer's developmental product should be ready for service introduction with the Brazilian air force during 2016.


Despite his hints at Airbus Military's possible future development strategy, Ureña-Raso notes that no such activity will be launched in the short-term, while final assembly of the A400M continues to ramp up and the company also pursues a "second wave" of orders for its Airbus A330-based multi-role tanker transport, and further orders for its C295 product line.

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5 juin 2013 3 05 /06 /juin /2013 19:50
photo Armée de l’Air

photo Armée de l’Air

05/06/2013 Par Léo Barnier - air-cosmos.com


Le Salon international de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (SIAE), alias le salon du Bourget, est un rendez-vous incontournable pour Airbus. De fait, l'avionneur européen va une fois encore déployer les grands moyens pour y assurer sa visibilité, notamment avec l'A400M et l'A380 qui seront de la partie du 17 au 23 juin.


Comme Air & Cosmos le révélait le 30 mai, deux A400M prendront part au salon. L'avion d'essais MSN 006 réalisera les démonstrations en vol, tandis que le MSN 8 – destiné à l'armée de l'Air – sera présent sur l'exposition statique. Cet appareil doit d'ailleurs faire son premier vol dans les tout prochains jours.


Du côté de l'A380, c'est le premier exemplaire destiné à la compagnie britannique British Airways qui assurera le "show" pour les premiers jours du salon. Il sera ensuite relayé par l'appareil d'essais d'Airbus. Des vols de démonstration sont ici encore prévus afin d'impressionner les foules.

A400M C295 photo Airbus Military

A400M C295 photo Airbus Military

En plus de son célèbre "Atlas", Airbus Military profitera du salon pour présenter le 100e bimoteur de transport C295 produit. L'appareil en question sera livré à un client pendant le salon, tout comme un appareil long-courrier A330 et un moyen-courrier A320 Sharklet, doté d'ailettes marginales. Un Airbus Corporate Jet ACJ318 complètera l'exposition statique de l'avionneur européen.


Enfin une maquette à l'échelle 1:1 du cockpit et d'une section de cabine du tout nouvel A350 sera présentée sur le chalet EADS (rangée A).

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23 mai 2012 3 23 /05 /mai /2012 16:50
Airbus Military focusing on African market



23 May 2012by Guy Martin - defenceWeb


Airbus Military expects to sell 70 light and medium military aircraft to Africa over the next decade, as it shifts it focus to the African continent and other emerging markets. Ghana, Cameroon and Gabon are some of the nations that are in the midst of buying new aircraft or are about to sign, whilst South Africa is a leading potential customer for the C295.

Airbus Military said that countries in sub-Saharan Africa will buy 50 light and medium aircraft over the next ten years, and that countries on the whole continent (excluding those in the Middle East) will purchase a total of 70.


Antonio Rodriguez Barberan, Senior Vice President: Commercial at Airbus, told defenceWeb that Airbus was in very preliminary discussions with Ghana for the acquisition of two more C295 transports. Ghana took delivery of its second C295 on April 25 and has a requirement for another two. Barberan said the Ghana Air Force was making good use of its new aircraft, flying them around Africa. Ultimately, it wants to base two transports in the capital Accra and another two in Tamale. Airbus said that Ghana may order another two C295s next year.


In August last year the contract for Ghana’s two C295s was announced, and the first was delivered in November. The C295s are being used for troop transport, medical evacuation, paratrooping, training and humanitarian operations, including United Nations peace missions.


Barberan said that an impending order for CN235s is coming from Cameroon, which recently signed a contract but had problems financing the new aircraft. A few weeks ago Cameroon obtained financing for the order, which will soon be announced by Airbus Military once it is firmed up.


Meanwhile, Gabon is one of several nations interested in acquiring C295s to be operated on behalf of the United Nations. The United Nations has also expressed interest in acquiring the C-295 to replace its old, inefficient Russian aircraft. Last year the UN invited Airbus to demonstrate the C-295 in the DRC, which Airbus duly did in July. Another demonstration took place this year. The United Nations does not own its own aircraft, but operates aircraft leased by contributor nations. Airbus Military, the United Nations and its partner nations are discussing possible procurement of the C-295, with Gabon emerging as a likely customer.


In October 2010 Egypt signed a contract for three C295s, and received its first in September last year. Airbus Military told journalists at its annual Trade Media Briefing in Spain that Egypt this year placed an order for an additional three C295s.


Airbus recently flew a C295 out to Africa for a demonstration tour, showing the aircraft to Kenya and Tanzania, amongst others. At the moment there is “no real interest” in the C295 from African countries following the tour, but Barberan is confident that orders will materialise. During its demonstration tour, Airbus Military demonstrated the C295 to the South African Air Force in April, in the hopes of receiving orders to fulfil its transport and maritime patrol requirements.


“Airbus Military has a long established partnership with South Africa and the SA Air Force. By bringing the C-295 to South Africa, we are able to demonstrate the aircraft’s capabilities in typical SANDF [South African National Defence Force] mission configurations for tactical transport, medevac, anti-piracy, countersmuggling and Economic Exclusion Zone protection operations,” Barberan said at the time.


On Monday Airbus Military announced that Oman had ordered eight C295s, including five configured as tactical transports and three as maritime patrol aircraft, for delivery in 2013. This setup could be emulated by South Africa, which could acquire the Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) mission suite for maritime patrol duties. This comprises a search radar, electro-optical/infrared sensor, magnetic anomaly detector and hardpoints for torpedoes and depth charges.


Head of Airbus Military, Domingo Urena-Raso, yesterday told defenceWeb that there are several key countries his company is targeting in Africa, including Egypt, Algeria, Morocco and South Africa. He said that although most African countries order only a few aircraft, when put together Africa offers a very reasonable volume of business.


Urena-Raso said that South Africa is a market for both the C295 as well as the A400M and that even though the South African government cancelled its previous order, the A400M “will come later” to South Africa. Airbus Military recently started marketing the airlifter to foreign countries, and sent it on a sales tour to Asia and Latin America.


After South Africa ordered the A400M, Denel Saab Aerostructures (Denel Aerostructures today) and other local companies began manufacturing components for the aircraft. Urena-Raso said that Airbus Military was satisfied with Denel’s performance and will continue to work with the company as far as they keep performing. In fact, Airbus Military and Denel Aerostructures have negotiated a new contract that will be signed in the coming weeks and will see Denel increase A400M component production.


Total Airbus Military sales in sub-Saharan Africa to the first quarter of this year include two C295s, six CN235s and 42 C212s with 14 customers in 11 countries.



Guy Martin is in France as a guest of Airbus Military and is attending the Trade Media Briefing 2012.

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