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Spain Approves The Acquisition Of 16 Airbus C295W For Maritime Patrol And Surveillance

The Spanish Ministry of Defense requested this authorization to modify the established limits and acquire spending commitments charged to future years between 2024 and 2037, specifically in the ‘Real Investments’ budgetary application.

For the recovery and expansion of the maritime patrol capacity as a result of the decommissioning of the P-3M aircraft, the intention is to acquire a fleet of aircraft that will allow the Air Force and Space Force to have a system with the characteristics and capabilities established in the General Staff requirements.

The scope of the MPA Program involves the acquisition of six modified Airbus C295W platforms for maritime patrol missions. In order to maintain surveillance and reconnaissance, search and rescue and maritime security capabilities, it is necessary to acquire aerial platforms, in sufficient numbers, with the appropriate configuration and the necessary integrated logistical support, which allows us to continue guaranteeing national commitments and continue carrying out the assigned missions.

The scope of the VIGMA Program involves the acquisition of ten Airbus C295W platforms modified for maritime surveillance missions (VIGMA) and search and rescue missions. The total budget of both Programs, broken down by annual payments, is as follows:

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About C295W Aircraft

The Airbus C295 is a new-generation tactical airlifter in the light and medium segment.

The C295 conducts multi-role operations worldwide under all weather conditions. It is fully certified and routinely operates day and night in combat missions in all weather extremes, from desert to maritime environments, from extremely hot to extremely cold temperatures.

C295W, the latest variant of C295 military transport aircraft, is being manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space. The new aircraft is equipped with winglets and uprated engines to deliver improved performance than its predecessor.

The new generation C295W can be deployed in defence, homeland security, surveillance and humanitarian missions involving troops and cargo transport, air-dropping, communication and logistics support, anti-submarine and surface warfare, airborne early warning (AEW), maritime surveillance, and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC).

Mexican Navy (Semar) is the launch customer for the new C295W aircraft. The aircraft has received orders from military and civil operators all over the world, from Canada and Egypt to Spain and Indonesia.

Source : navalnews