Airbus delivers second C-295MSA Aircraft to Ireland [VIDEO]

By Defence Industry Europe

On October 17, Airbus delivered the second C-295MSA transport aircraft to the Irish Air Corps, successfully fulfilling a contract for two aircaft valued at EUR 220 million, which was signed in December 2019.


In addition to their patrol and rescue duties, these aircraft are intended for various other missions, such as logistic support, personnel and equipment transport, and medical evacuation. This versatility arises from the cargo cabin configuration, which allows partial utilization for tasks not requiring onboard systems. These aircraft will replace two CN-235MP currently in use within the Irish Air Corps.



The first C-295MSA was delivered on the 27th of June, making its public debut at the 54th International Paris Air and Space Show. In December 2022, the Irish government and Airbus signed a second agreement covering the purchase and delivery of a third C-295MW in a transport configuration, aimed at relieving specialized aircraft in transport operations. This particular aircraft is expected to be delivered in 2025.



The C-295 program stands as one of Airbus’s most significant achievements in military aviation, with orders totaling 283 units, of which over 210 have been delivered. A vital industrial aspect of this project is the Airbus Poland S.A. facility in Warsaw, responsible for over 40% of the airframe construction for each unit. Additionally, a service center was established there, servicing aircraft users from Poland and other nations.



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