Kazakhstan is to acquire two more Airbus C295 transport aircraft following the signature of a new contract with Airbus Defence and Space.

The agreement, which includes a spares and support package, covers the final two aircraft included in a memorandum of understanding signed in 2012.

Both aircraft will be delivered in the second half of this year and will take the Kazakhstan Air Defence Forces’ C295 fleet to eight and total C295 sales to 186, including 12 in the CIS, the company stated.

Airbus Defence and Space has followed its recent successful demonstration of air-to-air refuelling between two C295W medium transports with a demonstration of refuelling contacts with a H225M Caracal helicopter.

According to Airbus Defence and Space, C295 is a new generation of airlifter able to carry up to nine tonnes of payload or up to 71 personnel, at a maximum cruise speed of 260 knot (480 km/h). Fitted with a retractable landing gear and a pressurised cabin, it can cruise at altitudes up to 25,000 feet, while retaining remarkable short take-off & landing (STOL).

The aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G turboprop engines. First delivered in 2001, C295 is a developed version of CN235, offering greater capacity and range.

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