Brazil has ordered three search and rescue-configured Airbus Defence & Space C295s for operation by the nation’s air force.

Deliveries of the twin-turboprops will take place from the end of this year, the airframer says.

The new SAR aircraft will join an existing fleet of 12 transport-configured C295s – known as C-105 Amazonas in Brazilian service – taking the service's total inventory of the type to 15.

C295 Brazil

Forca Aerea Brasileira

“We are very proud of this repeat order, which demonstrates Brazil's high level of confidence in our light- and medium-aircraft family, as well as confirming the C295's demonstrated excellence in the SAR role,” says Antonio Rodríguez Barberán, head of commercial for military aircraft at Airbus.

More than 140 C295s have now been ordered by 19 countries.