BANGLADESH HAS become the latest nation to acquire the Airbus C295W medium airlifter with an order for a single aircraft for Bangladesh Army Aviation. Airbus Defense and Space announced the contract for the aircraft on October 11.
In transport configuration, it will be delivered in the second half of 2017 under a deal that also includes customer support and training. The C295W is qualified for the transport of troops and bulky/palletized cargo, para-trooping and medical evacuation. It is the first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft to be operated by Bangladesh Army Aviation.
Airbus Defense and Space’s Head of Marketing and Sales, Jean-Pierre Talamoni said: “The C295W will markedly increase the transport capability of Bangladesh Army Aviation. We look forward to working with this new customer to secure a smooth entry into service and to supporting the aircraft for many years to come.”
With this new order the number of operators for the C295 rises to 26.
Here you can watch which aircrafts Bangladesh Army Aviation group operates in 2017
Bangladesh Army Aviation Group is the Air Arm of Bangladesh Army. The AAG is responsible for military air operations, such as troops & supply delivery in the conflict zones, search and rescue ops, surveillance, and disaster managements and conducts relief operations during natural calamities etc. After the formation in 1978 it was named Army Aviation Squadron which was named then Army Aviation Wing, as after expansion to the Wing level.
When in 1990 it was expanded to the level of a group strength then it named Army Aviation Group. Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh trained its pilots for long time and assists it. For maintenance and related other jobs had been done by the personnel from Bangladesh Air Force. And then the “801 Army aviation maintenance unit” was established and army came up with its own maintenance unit with its own personnel. Currently the AAG has a strength of more than 100 with 30+ well-trained pilots.
Bangladesh Army Aviation Group currently operating almost 20 rotary 7 fixed-winged aircraft includes medium military transport aircraft and modified heavy combat helicopter gunships.
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