PARIS — Oman ordered eight C295 aircraft, including three for maritime patrol operations, Airbus Military said on May 21.
“The Royal Air Force of Oman today signed a contract with Airbus Military for the acquisition of eight C295 aircraft, five of them configured as tactical transports and three as maritime patrol aircraft (MPA),” the company said in a statement.
A first delivery is due in 2013, an Airbus Military spokeswoman said. No financial details were available.
Oman is the first among the Gulf Cooperation Council countries to acquire the C295 and the first in the Middle East-North Africa region to acquire a maritime patrol version, the company said.
The acquisition will boost Oman’s “ability to patrol its territorial waters and to conduct missions against piracy, illegal immigration and smuggling,” the company said.
The Oman order brings total orders of the C295 to 108, the company said.