SHAH ALAM: Airbus has confirmed that they had offered the C295 MPA for the recent MPA tender which closed on December 3. The confirmation was made by Ioannis Papachristofilou, Vice President, Head of Sales Europe / Canada for Airbus Defence and Space at the virtual Trade Media Briefing 2020 which was held today.
I posted in an earlier article, that Airbus would offer the C295 MPA.
As for the MPA tender, I am going to say that it will be a three way battle pitting Leonardo (ATR 72 MPA); Airbus (C295 MPA) and PTDI (CN235-MPA).
The confirmation by Airbus seemed to indicate that the aircraft RMAF was looking for to meet the MPA mission would be a twin-engine aircraft. Interestingly, Airbus had previously declined to take part in a tender in the Philippines for a similar mission requirement with a budget of around RM450 million. The tender itself has been put on hold as they cannot find the aircraft that meet the requirements for the money allocated.
Based on this I will assume that the budget for the two MPA being sought for the RMAF is around RM600 million. It must be noted that the flyaway for a basic C295 and CN235 transport versions are listed at around US$28 million while the ATR-72 at US$26 million.
It is likely that Airbus will offer the C295 with the Thales Searchmaster airborne multirole surveillance radar though publicly it has not identify the type. As for the FLIR, it may well be the FLIR Systems Star Safire 380 HD, the same one offered for the ATR72 MPA.
As for the mission system it will be Airbus own FIT system which it said was already integrated for ASW capabilities; acoustic, MAD and torpedo integration.
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