Airbus Defence and Space (DS) is developing a number of new capabilities for its C295 medium-lift transport aircraft that are designed to enhance its support and special forces functionalities, it was disclosed on 2 November.Speaking at the company's Seville facility during the annual Trade Media Briefing (TMB), head of engineering Miguel Angel Morell said that new air-to-air refuelling (AAR) and 'extreme' short take-off and landing (XTOL) capabilities are planned for the twin-turboprop airlifter in the coming months."The AAR Refuelling Kit is an incremental upgrade to the C295 [and CN235] that is designed to provide aerial refuelling for helicopters and other slow-movers, [while] XTOL involves being more aggressive with the STOL capabilities of the aircraft for use by special forces in war," he said.For the AAR Refuelling Kit, Airbus DS has refined the hose-and-drogue tanking system with a Hose Sensor Computer to make the operation of connecting with receiver aircraft much simpler. As Morell noted; "Hose-and-drogue is a simple concept, but there is currently no control in the hose for the tanker aircraft. This Hose Sensor Computer system will measure the tension in the hose during the contact, which is important as it allows the torque in the [hose] drum to be managed to avoid tension in the hose which can cause damage."
Airbus DS has revealed two new performance enhancements for its C295 that include an extreme short take-off and landing ability for special forces operations. The other is an aerial refuelling kit for helicopters and other slow movers. (Airbus DS)
Farnborough 2016: C295 makes static appearance, showcases new capabilitiesGareth Jennings, Farnborough - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly 11 July 2016Airbus Defence and Space (DS) is displaying its C295 tactical transport aircraft at this year's Farnborough International Airshow, as it looks to promote a series of enhancements for the twin turboprop. A Portuguese Air Force aircraft is on the static display at the event, with Airbus DS showcasing a new air-to-air refuelling (AAR) kit that has been developed mainly for the in-flight refuelling of helicopters, turboprops, and even unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). It will also enable the C295 to serve as a forward refuelling platform for ground vehicles.According to Airbus DS, the modification uses AAR kit fitted to standard pallets and involved only minimal modifications to the aircraft. These modifications are primarily in a new control systems for hose-and-drogue operations. While the AAR refuelling kit does not currently include auxiliary tanks fitted in the aircraft (fuel for offloading being drawn from the main tanks), these could be added at the customer's request.Ground trials of the AAR kit have already been completed, and the hose has been successfully deployed in flight between 95 to 140 kt (and shown to be stable). Helicopter proximity flights have also been successfully concluded, with dry contact flights scheduled for the end of the year. The AAR kit is one of a number of enhancements that Airbus DS is either developing for the C295, or has recently rolled out. Another modification currently being developed is the automation of the cockpit procedures.The objective of this particular effort is to enhance modern cockpit operation taking into account human factors, so as to improve situational awareness and reduce pilot workload. The new function aims to simplify the way in how the flight crew interacts in the cockpit during normal operation or after a system failure, to reach the objective of automated flight. It provides for increased automation in many of the aircraft's functions, such as the setting of flaps, landing gear, speed brakes, lights, general systems, etc.http://www.janes.com/article/62134/farnborough-2016-c295-makes-static-appearance-showcases-new-capabilities
he Portuguese Air Force will be flying a C295 transport aircraft to Air Force Base Waterkloof for the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition next month.Airbus officials confirmed that the aircraft would be attending AAD between 14 and 18 September but could not provide much more information as the aircraft is being operated by the Portuguese Air Force. The intention is to allow the South African Air Force to talk shop with the Portuguese pilots and technicians so they can get an understanding of the aircraft in operational service.Airbus in 2012 flew one of its own C295s to South Africa, where it was demonstrated to the South African Air Force. Airbus believes the aircraft will make a good replacement for the C-47TP maritime patrol aircraft and C212 light transports currently in service. Airbus was pursuing Project Saucepan for new maritime patrol aircraft but this was subsequently divided into Projects Metsie and Kiepie, for maritime surveillance and light transport. Two years ago the Department of Defence (DoD) said the Air Force would acquire these types of aircraft, but in its latest annual report the DoD makes no mention of these acquisitions and the budget for the next several years shows no extra funding.Nevertheless, Airbus continues to promote the C295 to the South African Air Force as well as other African countries. The European manufacturer has had better luck elsewhere on the continent, with Ghana, Egypt and Mali being some of the type’s customers – this year Mali will receive a single example while Egypt will receive the last of the 24 it has on order.http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44573:portuguese-air-force-bringing-c295-to-aad&catid=35:Aerospace&Itemid=107
Airbus Defence and Space has successfully demonstrated the Airbus C295W medium transport as an airborne tanker. The C295W, equipped with a palletized air-to-air refuelling unit and associated computer control system, conducted multiple contacts with a standard Spanish Air Force C295 in a test flight on 29 September. Both crews reported extremely smooth operation at various speeds as low as 110kt. The system is intended for refuelling turboprop aircraft, helicopters, and eventually unmanned aerial vehicles. Possible applications include special operations and extending the range of search and rescue aircraft. Further trials with a helicopter receiver are planned before the end of the year. Video of the trials can be downloaded at:http://bcr.airbusdefenceandspace.com/bcr/BroadcastPlayer.php?id=1_8a21kew3
Uma situação interessante para a FAP poder reabastecer e prolongar o raio de acção dos EH-101/CSAR. Isto no plano teórico, repito teórico. A hipotética aquisição de um módulo destes teria um custo estratosférico para a força aérea que equivaleria para aí a 40% do seu actual orçamento anual. A não ser que pedissem um subsidio a Bruxelas como fizeram para mudar os radios e as comunicações dos teco-teco SOCATA Epsilon (só adquirido por grandes potências como o Togo, Bolivia e Senegal).
Citação de: Major Alvega em Outubro 12, 2016, 03:42:51 am Uma situação interessante para a FAP poder reabastecer e prolongar o raio de acção dos EH-101/CSAR. Isto no plano teórico, repito teórico. A hipotética aquisição de um módulo destes teria um custo estratosférico para a força aérea que equivaleria para aí a 40% do seu actual orçamento anual. A não ser que pedissem um subsidio a Bruxelas como fizeram para mudar os radios e as comunicações dos teco-teco SOCATA Epsilon (só adquirido por grandes potências como o Togo, Bolivia e Senegal).Mas usado pela França que para o caso é o que interessa.
Em termos nacionais até que ponto isso ficaria economicamente interessante?Qual o custo do deploy de um C-295 preparado para o abastecimento VS a substituição da parelha de F-16 por uma fresquinha com gasóleo??
Citação de: Crypter em Janeiro 18, 2017, 12:26:24 pmEm termos nacionais até que ponto isso ficaria economicamente interessante?Qual o custo do deploy de um C-295 preparado para o abastecimento VS a substituição da parelha de F-16 por uma fresquinha com gasóleo??Os F-16 não usam Probe and Drogue, portanto é uma questão questão se coloca.