Thu, Dec 08, 2011
Aircraft Join 19 Airlifters Already In Service To French Air
The Flight Test Center of the Direction Generale de l'Armament
(DGA) of the French Ministry of Defence has taken delivery of the
first of eight CN235 medium airlifters ordered from Airbus Military
by the French DGA last year. These eight aircraft will be operated
by the French Air Force, to add to the 19 examples it already has
in service. The last of the remaining seven aircraft ordered will
be delivered by the end of 2012.
The CN235 can carry up to six tons of payload and its cabin can
be quickly and easily reconfigured for different transport
missions: troops, paratroops, medical evacuation, cargo, or a mixed
configuration of cargo and troops. It incorporates a specialised
loading system for palletized loads.
The flexibility and reliability of the CN235 make it an ideal
tool for the French Air Force to conduct both traditional military
and "civic missions? for the benefit of society. Its short take-off
and landing (STOL) performance and its ability to use unprepared
and semi-prepared runways allow the CN235 to operate closer to the
theatre of operations than other aircraft. This is often crucial
when the CN235 is used to transport humanitarian relief after a
natural disaster, allowing rapid delivery of supplies closer to
where they are needed.
"We are very proud that the French Air Force has trusted once
more in Airbus Military and its range of products to strengthen its
fleet. The eight CN235 aircraft ordered from France incorporate the
latest technologies and systems to ensure the best performance of
the missions they will carry out after their entry in service",
said Airbus Military Head of Programmes, Rafael Tentor.
The French Air Force already operates 19 CN235 aircraft. The
Centre d'Essais en Vol of the French Government also operates three
Airbus Military C212s.
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