MADRID, May 21 (UPI) -- Airbus Military of Spain reports the Royal Air Force of Oman is becoming the first Gulf Cooperation Council member to acquire C295 aircraft.
Under a new contract -- its monetary value was not disclosed – the sultanate is purchasing eight of the aircraft. Five will be in the transport configuration, while three will be configured for use in maritime patrol missions.
"As well as upgrading the tactical transport capability of the RAFO in hot and dusty conditions, the aircraft will enhance Oman´s ability to patrol its territorial waters and to conduct missions against piracy, illegal immigration and smuggling," the company said.
The C295 is a twin-engine turboprop with a cruise speed of 300 miles per hour and a range of more than 800 miles with a full payload of more than 20,000 pounds.
The Royal Oman Police operate two of the aircraft.
"We are very proud of this new contract with Oman, which demonstrates the satisfaction of our customer with our aircraft," said Domingo UrenaRaso, chief executive officer of Airbus Military. "This order underlines our leadership in this segment with over 100 orders.
"It confirms the excellent performance of the C295 in desert environments where its robustness and ability to cope with extreme heat are critical."