Brazil contracts EADS CASA for C-295 and P-3 upgrade
29 Apr 2005
The Brazilian government and EADS CASA have signed two important contracts: one where EADS CASA will supply Brazil with C-295 military transport aircraft, and in the second contract EADS CASA will modernize Brazil’s fleet of P-3 maritime patrol aircraft.
The C-295 aircraft will be the core of the CL-X programme dedicated to supply the Brazilian Air Force with medium transport aircraft to support activities related with the Amazon Protection System (SIPAM) and the Calha Norte Project, fundamentally social activities, to support people in remote areas of the Amazon, with difficult access by other means of transportation. The twelve EADS CASA C-295 aircraft will replace the obsolete C-115 Buffalo, and will also support the C-130 Hercules in the Brazilian Air Force. The contract amounts to €238 million.
The programme concerning the maritime patrol aircraft, named P-3BR, consists in the modernization of eight P-3 aircraft, purchased by the Brazilian government from the US Navy. FITS mission system will be installed on these aircraft. Work will be carried out at EADS CASA facilities by EADS CASA technicians, with the participation of technicians from the Brazilian industry and Air Force personnel. There is an option to modernize a ninth aircraft. This contract will amount to €320 million.