Côte d’Ivoire Air Force orders Airbus C295W tactical transport aircraft

Airbus Defence and Space announced on 21 January that the Côte d’Ivoire Air Force (Force Aérienne de la Côte d’Ivoire) has signed for a single Airbus Defence and Space C295 tactical transport aircraft.

The Côte d’Ivoire Air Force (Force Aérienne de la Côte d’Ivoire) is acquiring the aircraft in its baseline transport configuration. This new aircraft will complement the two Antonov An-26 ‘Curl’ tactical transport acquired in 2018, and the An-12 ‘Cub’ it acquired in 2005.

Although, Airbus Defence and Space only noted that the C295W was ordered in its baseline configuration which includes winglets and modified engines for greater fuel economy and/or range. However, experts believe that the contract will likely include infrastructure, training, and support.

The just recently released United Nations Register of Conventional Arms for the year 2017 which was published by Russia indicates that the Air Force of Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) received three Russian-made attack helicopters. Although, the report didn’t specify the type of attack helicopter the country received.

Ekene Lionel

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