MADRID, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Kazakhstan and Airbus Military have signed a contract for delivery of C295 light turboprop transport aircraft, together a support package.
The C295 is a twin-turboprop airlifter with a maximum speed of 358 miles per hour, a range 828 miles, a passenger capacity of 71 people, and a cargo payload capacity of more than 20,000 pounds.
The Kazakh air force operates two of the planes, which were purchased from Airbus Military following a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2012. The memorandum covered the possible procurement of eight such planes.
Airbus Military, in announcing the latest deal with Kazspecexport, a company owned by the Kazakh Ministry of Defense, said the two aircraft ordered will be delivered next year and in 2015.
"Airbus Military is very proud that the Kazakhstan Ministry of Defense is placing a repeat order for the C295, confirming its confidence in the aircraft's capabilities and cost-efficiency as well as in our company," Airbus Military said.
The value of the contract for the two new aircraft -- plus spare parts, service support and ground support equipment – was not disclosed.