A single C295 in maritime surveillance configuration and a second standard transport version have been ordered by Equatorial Guinea. The contract was announced on January 26 by the Government of the Republic of Guinea, which said that the deal with Airbus Defence and Space had been signed a few days earlier when a delegation from the Ministry of Defence had travelled to Spain.
The first aircraft to be delivered will be the transport version, at the end of September. It will be operated by the air arm of the Equatorial Guinea National Guard, based at Malabo-Saint Isabel International Airport, for a range of missions, including troop transport and medical evacuation. The second will be the maritime surveillance variant, delivery of which is anticipated in 2017. It will enable the country to have greater control in its fight against piracy and other illicit activities in its exclusive economic zone. Alan Warnes