EADS Casa will deliver at least three C-295 transports equipped with a maritime patrol and search and rescue sensor suite to the Chilean navy. The new contract, which includes an option to buy five more aircraft, raises the total orders for C-295s to 58 aircraft and eight operators, of which 37 have already entered service.
Chile's fleet will be equipped with an EADS Casa-developed mission system called the Fully Integrated Tactical System, which can be integrated with undisclosed sensors for the maritime patrol and search and rescue mission.
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EADS Casa has also been selected by Chile to provide two Airbus A310s as VIP transports and air-to-air refuellers. Chile also had selected the Airbus A400M, but has since decided to review its options for replacing or upgrading a fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130s.