The CASA C-295M is a twin-turboprop tactical military transport aircraft manufactured by Airbus Military in Spain.
. The C-295 made its maiden flight in 1998. The first order came from the Spanish Air Force.
The C-295 is now (2011) in service with the Armed Forces of more than 10 countries. More than 80 C295s have been contracted.
As a tactical transport aircraft, the C295 offers high
manoeuvrability and excellent qualities for low-altitude flying. In addition, it has been widely tested in all kinds of aerial deployments: launching SAR rafts, emergency equipment, and parachutists.
The CASA 295M is being considered as a contender for the replacement of the Canadian Armed Forces DHC-5
The C295 MP is a military multi-role aircraft with optimum characteristics for Maritime Patrol. It is equipped with a new generation mission system, with proven capability for anti-submarine and anti-surface (ASW/ ASuW) missions in the NATO environment.
The C295 MPA includes Airbus Military´s fully integrated tactical system (FITS) for mission control, which integrates a wide range of sensors and provides an interface with the navigation and tactical communications systems.
The AEW (Airborne Early Warning) version of the CASA 295 first flew in June 2011. At the time of writing the
Equipment specifications of this version have not been