Airbus Military's first C-295 development aircraft fitted with an airborne early warning and control system rotodome completed its first modified flight of 2h 48min on 7 June from the company's San Pablo site near Seville.
The objective of the trials is to verify the aerodynamic and structural impact of the in-house developed rotodome on the aircraft's overall structure, handling qualities and performance. The 6m (20ft)-diameter rotodome fitted for the initial trials is a fixed dummy structure.
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Flight testing will continue in the next three months to complete the feasibility study and fully validate the concept.