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Oman Returns with New Tactical Transporter

Published: 26 May 2016


The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) will be exhibiting its latest tactical transport aircraft at RIAT 2016. A recently delivered Airbus Defence and Space C-295M will be making an appearance as part of the static aircraft line up at the show. 

The C-295M (pictured) is a twin-turboprop military transport aircraft, manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space in Seville, Spain. The aircraft is capable of carrying up to 71 soldiers or nine tonnes of payload and can operate in tactical environments, needing as little as 670 metres of unprepared runway. 

The C-295 has proved popular around the world, with customers in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America and is available to suit different roles, from troop and cargo transport to airborne early warning and control (AEW&C). 

The RAFO operates four aircraft in the air transport role, with a further airframe yet to be delivered. The air arm has also ordered a heavily modified version of the aircraft for maritime patrol missions, to replace the British-built Shorts Skyvan. The C-295M fleet is based at Al Musana air base and operated by No. 2 Squadron. 

Photo credit: Tony Osborne 

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