The Ministry of Defence Brunei Darussalam (MINDEF), as a consultant of the Authorities of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, signed a contract with Airbus Defence and House S.A.U, Spain for the acquisition of C-295MW transport aircrafts on 2 December. The contract signing occurred on the Officers’ Mess, Bolkiah Garrison. Signing on behalf of MINDEF was Yang Mulia Colonel (Retired) Norsuriati binti Haji Sharbini, Everlasting Secretary (Coverage, Finance and Administration), whereas representing the Airbus Defence and House S.A.U, Spain was Mr. Jose Juan Corcia Palomo, Head of Southeast Asia, Airbus Singapore Pte Ltd.

The formal signing ceremony was witnessed by Yang Mulia Brigadier Normal (Retired) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Abdul Razak bin Haji Abd. Kadir, Deputy Minister of Defence. Additionally in attendance had been Yang Mulia Main Normal Dato Paduka Seri Haji Muhammad Haszaimi bin Bol Hassan, Commander Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), Everlasting Secretary (Improvement, Upkeep and Know-how), Service Commanders, Joint Pressure Commander, Deputy Everlasting Secretaries, Administrators and senior officers from Ministry of Defence Brunei Darussalam and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.


Ministry of Defence Indicators Contract for C-295 Transport Plane with Airbus Defence and House S.A.U, Spain. (Picture by MINDEF Brunei Darussalam)

The Airbus C-295 is a medium transport plane presently working in 34 completely different international locations and is meant to exchange the present CN235-110M, which the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) has operated since 1997. The Plane will improve RBAF’s capabilities to conduct varied mission profiles, together with Strategic Airlift, Humanitarian Help and Catastrophe Reduction, in addition to Search and Rescue. The plane are anticipated to be delivered to the RBAF in two batches. The offical launch did say that the plane will likely be delivered in batches, which might imply two, three or 4 C295MWs.

The C295 is a medium tactical transport plane that was designed and initially manufactured by the Spanish aerospace firm CASA (now Airbus Army). Work on what would develop into the C-295 was began through the Nineties as a spinoff of the profitable CASA/IPTN CN-235 transport plane. The C-295MW (Army, Winglet) is an upgraded army mannequin, geared up with wingtip gadgets (winglets) to enhance efficiency within the takeoff, climb, and cruise phases of flight by rising the lift-drag ratio. Capability for 71 troops, 48 paratroops, 27 stretchers, 5 2.24 × 2.74 m (88 × 108 inches) pallets, or three mild automobiles.