The Senegalese Air Force received an Airbus C-295 transport aircraft at a ceremony held at their base in Dakar on July 28, this, becoming the latest African country to receive the multi-purpose aircraft.
“Today is certainly historic as it marks an important turning point in the life of the armed forces, which are significantly increasing their capabilities in the context of strategic airlift,” Armed Forces Minister Siddiqui Kaba said in a statement released by his ministry.
Minister of Armed Forces Sidiki Kaba said “These two aircraft will enable Senegal to ensure, independently, the projection and disengagement of its troops engaged in the various theatres of external operations and to meet all the transport and training needs of the internal theatre.”
“A multipurpose tactical transport aircraft equipped with the latest generation technologies, the CASA 295 has a large payload capacity. In addition to its short runway performance, its versatility allows it to cover a wide range of tasks in the field of air transport, landing and medical evacuation thanks to the ability to change the configuration in a very short time.”
Senegal is enhancing its aerospace structure under President Macky Sall’s Emerging Senegal Plan. The country in March took delivery of an additional CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft from PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI – Indonesian Aerospace).
The CN-235 aircraft retrofitted to carry out maritime duties was ordered in August 2017,