PICTURE: Chilean navy gets first of three C-295s

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The Chilean navy has received its first of three Airbus Military C-295 maritime patrol aircraft, launching a "renovation" of its fixed-wing reconnaissance fleet.

Delivered on 30 April, the new aircraft adds to a Chilean naval aviation force already consisting of Lockheed P-3ACHs, Piaggio P-111s and Airbus Military C-212s.

In addition to the three C-295 maritime patrol aircraft on order, the contract signed in October 2007 also has options to buy five more aircraft. The C-295s are equipped with Airbus Military's fully integrated tactical system.

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