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Airbus set to deliver C295W to Brazil

Airbus plans to deliver the first C295W search and rescue aircraft to the Brazilian air force in the first quarter next year, the company tells FlightGlobal.

A completed maiden flight means Airbus can start the process of having the aircraft cleared for delivery by Brazilian customers.

Brazil ordered three specially-configured search-and-rescue C295Ws in June 2014 to join a fleet of 12 C295 transports. Airbus initially planned to deliver the first aircraft by the end of 2014.

The C295W is equipped with a third-generation fully integrated tactical system (FITS), a technology that Airbus highlights is a feature of the company’s bid for Canada’s $3.2 billion competition for a fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft (FWSAR).

Airbus joined two other bidders —Alenia’s C-27J and Embraer’s KC-390 — competing for the FWSAR award. Canada’s Public Works and Government Services agency plans to select the winner of the 14-year-old competition by the end of the year.

In addition to the third-generation FITS, Airbus is offering an L-3 Communications Wescam MX-15 electro-optical/infrared turret sensor, as well as a 360° radar from an unnamed supplier, Airbus says.

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