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Expansion of C295 capabilities planned

2nd November 2015 - 06:00 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in Seville

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Trials will begin next year to add aerial refuelling (AR) and extremely short take-off and landing (XTOL) capabilities to the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) C295 medium transport aircraft, company officials have disclosed.

Upgrading the C295 platform for AR and XTOL is part of an incremental strategy to boost the aircraft’s capabilities. Existing roles for the aircraft include SAR, maritime surveillance and pollution control, ASW/ASuW and ground attack gunship.  

An AR capability will allow operators of the twin-turboprop to refuel low speed receivers such as helicopters, other turboprop aircraft and, in the future, unmanned systems.

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Grant Turnbull was the editor of Land Warfare International and Digital Battlespace magazines with Shephard …

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