Military Transport Aircraft2
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The EADS CASA CN-235-300 is a high-wing twin turboprop tactical transport aircraft capableof operating from short, unpaved runways. It can carry a maximumpayload of 5,950 kg and themaximum cruising speed is 245 knots (455 km/h). Relative to earlier CXN-235 versions, the newCN-235-300 by EADS CASA offers improved hot-and-high performance, higher ratedpressurization and an advanced state-of-the-art integrated avionics system.The EADS-CASA CN-235 is the most widely sold aircraft in its category, as more than 30different operators from 23 different countries have selected this broadly known platform.The EADS CASA versions of the CN-235 have gained civil certification by the FAA in the USA, the European JAA and Australian CAA.The large cargo hold and in-flight operable rear ramp allow easy loading of bulky cargo,including standard 88´´x108´´ pallets, light vehicles or combat aircraft engines. The CN-235 canairdrop loads, using low altitude (LAPES) or high altitude delivery (HAD) techniques.Up to 51 paratroopers can be carried, and dropping is effected in a short time through the tworear side doors or the rear ramp. For medical evacuation missions, it accommodates up to 21NATO standard stretchers, with four attendants.The ample cabin allows a great flexibility, providing an optimumplatform for a wide variety of special application versions, such as Maritime Patrol, Electronic Warfare (ESM/ECM andELINT/COMINT), navigator training or aerial survey.The CN-235 can routinely operate from short runways that are simply inaccessible to C-130class airlifters.The CN-235 is the undisputed leader in its class, with over 245 aircraft sold. It enjoys anexcellent reputation for mission versatility, minimal support requirements, safe and reliableoperation in all kinds of environments and low operating costs. Operatingexperience to date is inexcess of 600,000 flight hours.