Burkina Faso has placed an order with Airbus for a single C295W transport aircraft, the company announced on 11 December. No specific timeline for delivery was disclosed.
This procurement comes under the Burkinabe Military Programming Law covering the period 2018–22, which the country’s parliament approved in 2017 with a budget of FCFA725 billion (USD1.2 billion) to reform and re-equip the armed forces.
The new aircraft will fill a long-standing capability gap within the Burkinabe Air Force, which has lacked a dedicated transport aircraft since its single PTDI NC235-220 was grounded several years ago.
The Indonesian version of the C235 was procured second-hand in 2007 to replace an HS748 but proved poorly suited to Burkina Faso’s needs because of its lack of power and insufficient support service provided by its manufacturer, a Burkinabe military source told Jane’s in 2017.
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