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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

    Five new Airbus military aircraft for UAE Armed Forces    

Purchase of C295 tactical airlift planes order to boost capabilities of Armed Forces

A C295 aircraft at the Dubai Airshow. The UAE Armed Forces are to take five of the airlifters. Pawan Singh / The National
A C295 aircraft at the Dubai Airshow. The UAE Armed Forces are to take five of the airlifters. Pawan Singh / The National

The UAE Armed Forces will buy five C295 MW (Military Winglet) transport aircraft and related services from Airbus Defence and Space.

C295 is a new generation tactical airlifter in the light and medium segment. It is robust and reliable but also highly versatile in terms of the number of different missions it can perform, according to Airbus. The plane maker says it has the lowest operating costs in its category and there are 159 in operation around the world.

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Major General Ishaq Saleh Al Baloushi, the head of the executive administration of industries and development of defence capabilities at the Ministry of Defense and deputy chairman of the supreme organising committee for the event for operations, said on the sidelines of Dubai Air Show 2017 that the purchase of the aircraft forms part of the UAE's push to support and promote the development of the Armed Forces.

He added that the commitment constitutes top national priority, so that the Armed Forces remain at a high level of readiness to assume their responsibilities in defending the homeland and protecting its security and stability.