SHAH ALAM: Brunei has signed the contract for the procurement of several Airbus C295MWs medium transport aircraft on December 2. Several as no firm numbers were mentioned in the release announcing the contract signing ceremony which took place at Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate. The release did say that the aircraft will be delivered in batches, which could mean two, three or four C295MWs. The C295MWs (Military, Winglet) are to replace the single CN-235 procured from PTDI, Indonesia in 1997.
From the Brunei Ministry of Defence:
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE SIGNS CONTRACT FOR C-295 TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT WITH AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE S.A.U, SPAIN
BOLKIAH GARRISON, Friday, 2 December 2022 – The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), as a representative of the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space S.A.U, Spain for the acquisition of C-295MW transport aircrafts today. The contract signing took place at the Officers’ Mess, Bolkiah Garrison.
Signing on behalf of MINDEF was Yang Mulia Colonel (Retired) Norsuriati binti Haji Sharbini, Permanent Secretary (Policy, Finance and Administration), while representing the Airbus Defence and Space S.A.U, Spain was Mr. Jose Juan Corcia Palomo, Head of Southeast Asia, Airbus Singapore Pte Ltd.
The formal signing ceremony was witnessed by Yang Mulia Brigadier General (Retired) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Abdul Razak bin Haji Abd. Kadir, Deputy Minister of Defence. Also in attendance were Yang Mulia Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Muhammad Haszaimi bin Bol Hassan, Commander Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), Permanent Secretary (Development, Maintenance and Technology), Service Commanders, Joint Force Commander, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Directors and senior officers from MINDEF, and the RBAF.
The C-295 is a medium transport aircraft currently operating in 34 different countries and is intended to replace the current CN235-110M, which the RBAF has operated since 1997. The Aircraft will enhance RBAF’s capabilities to conduct various mission profiles, including Strategic Airlift, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, as well as Search and Rescue. The aircraft are expected to be delivered to the RBAF in two batches.
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If indeed the RBAF is getting a fleet of C295s it will be a great boost to its fixed wing fleet which consisted of only one CN235, currently. The sole CN235 only returned to service late 2020 after being stored from 2017. RBAF previously also operated four PC-7 trainers, but the fleet was retired around 2017. RBAF pilot trainees now conducted their fixed wing flight training overseas.
I am guessing that RBAF is getting three C295s – two equipped for maritime surveillance and one for transport missions – just like Angola in April this year. I stand to be corrected of course.
Once delivered, Brunei will join Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand as an operator of the C295 aircraft in the region. Malaysia was offered the C295MPA for the tender for two of such aircraft but had selected the Leonardo ATR-72 MPA instead.
— Malaysian Defence