The Philippines Air Force has taken delivery of the first of three Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft ordered to Airbus Defence & Space. The aircraft was formally handed over in Seville, where the Final Assembly Line is located, and it departed on a flight to the Philippines, to Benito Ebuen Air Base of Transportation 220 Wing.
Airbus Defence & Space said that in Philippines Air Force service the C295 will play a key role in the modernization of the force´s transport fleet, and will undertake a wide variety of military and humanitarian missions.
The purchase contract for these aircraft was signed in February 2014, after winning a contest in which competed with the C-27J of Alenia Aermacchi. The contract includes the provision of three C295 and spare parts, worth 118 million €.