A picture has appeared online of an Airbus Defence & Space C295W medium transport in an Uzbekistan air force livery, with the aircraft being one of four of the type that are believed to have been ordered by the service last year.

It is understood that the undisclosed order was placed in May 2014 during the Kadex exhibition in Kazakhstan, and the first Uzbekistan C295 completed its maiden flight on 17 June from the company’s site in Seville, Spain.

In February 2014 a delegation from Uzbekistan visited Airbus’s Getafe site in Spain to see the C295, local sources reported, at which point a down-selection to the type may have been made.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database shows Tashkent as operating four Antonov An-26 transports.

The transport's emergence follows on from a separate deal announced during the Paris air show earlier this month, under which Saudi Arabia's interior ministry also order four winglet-equipped C295Ws.

Source: FlightGlobal.com