Airbus Defence and Space announced today, January 22, that Brazil has ordered an additional C295 search and rescue (SAR) aircraft. Once delivered, this will bring to 15 the total number of C295s in service with the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force). The SAR version of the aircraft is designated the SC-105 Amazonas by the FAB.
The latest order represents the firming of an option included in an earlier contract in 2014. It was signed at the end of last year and will therefore be included in the 2017 orderbook. The three SAR aircraft will serve alongside 12 transport-configured C295s (C-105s) already delivered.
A first SC-105 for the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force) arrived at Campo Grande air base in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul on August 3 last year. The SAR aircraft had completed a five-week tour through four continents after the Paris Air Show. The aircraft and its crew were welcomed by the commander of the FAB, Teniente Brigadier Rossato, together with the Chief of Staff, Teniente Brigadier Botelho. The aircraft had been formally delivered at a ceremony in Seville, Spain on June 16 and was then displayed by Airbus at Le Bourget. The aircraft’s global tour began on June 28 and included formal demonstrations for nations including Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Canada and Mexico.
The second FAB C295 SAR will be delivered in 2019 and the third in 2020.
In FAB service, the aircraft is operated by the Pelicano Squadron (2°/ 10° GAv) at Base Aerea Campo Grande. Its equipment fit includes synthetic aperture radar and infra-red/electro-optical imaging systems. The radar has 360° coverage and can simultaneously track up to 640 targets within a 200nm (370km) radius.