JORDAN’s KING Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB), ATK and Airbus Defence and Space signed an agreement on June 17, 2014 to work together on a C295 gunship version.
A C295 currently operated by Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) will be converted to a gunship by Fort Worth-based ATK of the USA and join two AC-235 gunships delivered to Jordan by ATK at SOFEX in May. Work on the latter had taken ATK two years to complete. The company is also working with Alenia Aermacchi on turning their C-27J into a MC-27J gunship, with the Italian Air Force ordering three with a further three on option.
The AC-295 gunship configuration will be based on the AC-235 Light Gunship which includes integrated mission and fire control systems, electro-optical and radar sensors, Hellfire missiles, ATK’s side-mounted M230 30mm chain gun, an integrated defensive suite and 2.75 inch guided rockets.
Head of Commercial for Military Aircraft, Antonio Rodriguez Barberán said: “We greatly appreciate Jordan’s continued confidence in our aircraft and look forward to supporting the industrial partners involved in this programme which will result in a cost-effective and powerful addition to the Jordan Armed Forces.”
The C295 is part of Airbus Military’s family of light and medium airlifters which also includes the smaller NC212i and CN235 platforms. In the fourth quarter of 2014 Airbus Military will introduce the C295W, featuring as standard winglets and higher engine power ratings, giving increased performance in all flight phases and lower fuel burn. Indonesia’s PTDI is also assembling the C295 with the first of two aircraft now underway, while there is also an additional requirement for another seven aircraft which are likely to be built in Indonesia. Alan Warnes