Serbia orders pair of C295M airlifters
Airbus announced on 23 February that the Serbian MoD has signed a contract for two C295M tactical transport aircraft, in the process becoming the 33rd customer to order the aircraft.
The company expects to begin delivery of the aircraft in 2023 to the Serbian Air Force and Air Defence. The C295Ms will arrive in transport configuration, equipped with the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion avionics suite.
Airbus divulged no details about the value of the deal but Shephard Defence Insight calculates a unit price of $30 million per aircraft.
The C295M deal is accompanied by a government-to-government ‘supervision agreement’ between Serbia and Spain for future defence programmes between the two countries, Airbus noted.
The Serbian Air Force only has a single serviceable An-26 airlifter, but this aircraft will be grounded in 2026 when its service life expires.
Long-term Serbian plans call for a fleet of four C295s, but there are no guarantees that this will happen in the foreseeable future.
More from Military Logistics
Leonardo Helicopters is implementing the third phase of the the Wildcat Integrated Support and Training contract for the UK armed forces.
Lightweight high-tenacity polyethylene cockpit armour from QinetiQ has been installed on a fleet of C-130J-30 Super Hercules airlifters.
A performance-based logistics approach should ensure operational readiness and reduce operator costs for the South Korean F-15K, CH-47D and B-737 AEW&C fleets, says Boeing.
A different provider than the C-130J OEM would be unable to meet Danish requirements, DALO concludes.
Indra is providing a rapid-deployment air traffic management automation system and 2D primary air surveillance radar for the German Armed Forces.
The KC-46A Pegasus is now capable of supporting almost 70% of USAF aircraft, says Air Mobility Command.