First Airbus C295W for Brazilian Air Force Makes Maiden Flight

By Juliet Van Wagenen | September 16, 2016
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Airbus C295. Photo: Airbus Defense and Space

[Avionics Magazine 09-16-2016] The first of the Airbus C295W aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira), configured specifically for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions, has made its maiden flight. The new aircraft will join Brazil's existing fleet of transport-configured C295s.

Brazil's new SAR C295Ws are very similar to the C295W aircraft that Airbus Defence and Space is offering as part of its bid for Canada's Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) project. In particular, they are fitted with a similar Mission System — the third generation of Airbus Defence and Space's Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) — that Airbus has proposed to Canada.

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