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The CN-235 is a high-wing, pressurised, twin turbo-prop plane with STOL performance that can carry a maximum payload of 6,000 kg. Its maximum cruising speed is 240 Ktas and it has a range of 2,250 nautical miles with a payload of 3,550 kg. The CN-235 has been conceived for tactical military transport and is capable of operating from unpaved runways and has excellent low level flying characteristics for tactical penetration. Its large cargo hold and hydraulically operated rear ramp allow easy access for vehicle transport, standard 88 x 108 pallets, making it the ideal complement to the Hercules C-130. It can carry most combat aircraft engines and may also be subjected to a quick change configuration. The CN-235 can be used to transport up to 48 paratroopers who may jump out either of the two side doors or the rear ramp. The CN-235 is able to carry out high and low altitude (HAD, LAPES) in-flight drops distribution of up to four tons of supplies to forward troops. On medical evacuation missions, the plane can transport up to 21 stretchers, with four medics.

Although the CN-235 was initially the result of cooperation between CASA and IPTN of Indonesia, CASA has developed its own series and versions, with increases in weights, ground performance improvements, etc. CASA's aircraft is therefore the product of continuous development, not just in the military sphere, but also in civil areas and this is illustrated by the fact of having been approved by the FAA, FAR-25, JAR-25 and the Australian CAA among others. The CN-235 is the ideal platform for the development and integration of a wide variety of versions like the Maritime Patrol Version (PERSUADER) Electronic Warfare (ESM/ECM and ELINT/COMINT), Early Warning, Navigation School, Photogrammetry, etc. The CN-235 is a leader in its class, with more than 220 aircraft sold to 29 operators and about 500,000 flight hours.

The CASA CN 235-300M is a transport and surveillance, fixed-wing aircraft that will be used under the US Coast Guard Integrated Deepwater System to perform search and rescue missions, enforce laws and treaties including illegal drug interdiction, marine environmental protection, military readiness, and International Ice Patrol missions, as well as cargo and personnel transport. It can perform aerial delivery of search and rescue equipment such as rafts, pumps, and flares, and it can be used as an On Scene Commander platform.

In 2003 a contract was awarded to the IDS systems integrator, Integrated Coast Guard System (ICGS), for the detailed design and development of two CASA CN235-300M maritime patrol aircraft (MPA). The Maritime Patrol Aircraft is currently in the System Development and Demonstration Phase. Delivery of two of these aircraft is slated for mid 2006.

Additional Specifications and Characteristics:

  • The CASA CN 235-300M will provide logistics support, persistent presence, and surveillance systems suitable for worldwide operations to support both traditional Coast Guard missions as well as homeland security missions.
  • It is expected to operate an average of 1,200 fight hours per operational aircraft per year and have an 80% fleet availability rate.
  • It’s command, control, computers, communication, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) technology will include a variety of sensors, such as multi-mode search radar, and an IR/EO system.
  • The two-engine CN 235-300M will perform most of the Coast Guard’s medium -range surveillance. This aircraft will be particularly effective at detecting targets in a search area and vectoring prosecution assets to the target, thereby contributing to improved maritime domain awareness and a common operating picture. The aircraft will ensure controlled movement of high interest vessels, enhance presence and response capabilities, protect critical infrastructure and enhance Coast Guard force protection.
  • Aircraft modifications for Coast Guard use will allow for a suitable aerial observer’s windows, provisions for installing the C4ISR systems pallet, provisions for dropping smoke flares, rescue equipment (dewatering pumps, life rafts, etc.) and personnel, provisions for dropping supplies and equipment using the P1G container with its aerial delivery system and the Sonobuoy container, and accommodations for crew egress and survival in the event of ditching at sea.
  • The optimal mix of air assets – including the number of required CN 235-300Ms – will be determined based on the capabilities required to meet the Coast Guard’s entire mission demands. A determining factor in addition to the CN 235-300Ms is the C-130Js as allocated to the Coast Guard by the Department of Defense Appropriations.
  • The Coast Guard’s purchase of the CN 235-300M comports with the Buy American Act.

In May 2005 Raytheon Company and EADS North America announced a partnership to offer the world's best medium transports for the U.S. Army's Future Cargo Aircraft (FCA) program. Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) business and the EADS CASA North America business unit will lead the program capture and execution effort.

Raytheon, as prime contractor, leads this FCA team, and is join by EADS North America on this critical modernization program for the Army. The EADS family of military transport aircraft sets the global standard for capability and performance. The team offers the Army a complete, proven cargo aircraft solution, tailored to meet its demanding mission requirements.

As prime contractor for the FCA team, Raytheon Company is providing program management, mission systems integration and mission support solutions for FCA. EADS CASA North America will assemble and deliver the Future Cargo Aircraft in the United States.

The Raytheon FCA team will offer a solution that is compliant with both Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) standards. The EADS CASA aircraft are able to operate from austere forward runways and deliver both troops and materiel within the theater. Furthermore, the FCA solution is interoperable with Army heavy-lift helicopters currently in service. The Raytheon FCA solution has greater than 95% mission capability.

Raytheon for its nearly 83-year history has supported the full spectrum needs of the US Army warfighter. Raytheon has supported Army fixed wing aviation since its inception starting with the first delivery of the YC-43 (Model 17 Staggerwing) to the Army Air Corp in 1939 through the C-12 Huron and Guardrail programs.

EADS North America oversees the US operations of EADS, the world's second largest aerospace and defense company. EADS CASA is the world leader in the light and medium military transport aircraft sector, and produces the combat-proven CN-235 and C-295 family of airlifters.

The C-295 is a stretch design of the Spanish/Indonesian CN-235. Approximately 250 CN-235s and C-295 aircraft have been sold to some 30 military and governmental users in 24 countries -- including for the US Coast Guard's Deepwater program maritime patrol aircraft, which will be delivered beginning in 2007. Currently in full production, the C-295 is in service with the air forces of Spain, Poland and Jordan. Additionally, the Brazilian air force placed an order for 12 C-295s in April, and the aircraft has also been selected by Switzerland and Portugal for their transport requirements. EADS CASA North America recently completed construction of an integrated customer support center in Mobile, AL, to service its growing American customer base.

The C-295 and CN-235 can carry the same pallets as the CH-47, providing efficient interoperability with the Raytheon/EADS CASA fixed-wing aircraft and the US Army's Chinook rotary-wing fleet.

The combat-proven, FAA-certified CN-235 airlifter is backed by a worldwide support network, and is a stretched-fuselage version of the CN-235 multi-role transport - which has been ordered by 30 military/government users in 24 countries, including the US Coast Guard for its Medium Range Surveillance Maritime Patrol Aircraft mission.

A multi-state tour in May 2005 brought the C-295 and CN-235 to Army facilities and key conventions across the US to demonstrate the two airlifters' operational capabilities. The tour included stops at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; Redstone Army Airfield and Ft. Rucker, Alabama; and Fort Bragg, North Carolina; as well as the Army Aviation Association of America's annual convention in Orlando, Fla., the annual meeting of the Adjutants General Association of the United States and the 2005 Fixed Wing Conference of the U.S. Army in Little Rock, Ark.

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