The Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) has officially received two of the four brand-new Airbus C295MW aircraft in a ceremony graced by the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hassanal Bolkiah, at the Rimba Air Force Base. Also in attendance were Minister at the PMO and Minister of Defence II Halbi Mohd Yussof, Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Commander Maj Gen Muhammad Haszaimi, RBAirF Commander Brig Gen Mohd Sharif Ibrahim, and an Airbus Defence and Space delegation headed by Head of Region (Asia-Pacific and China) Zakir Hamid, along with other top brass.
The aircraft embarked on a six-day long journey from the factory in Seville, Spain and arrived in Brunei on Jan 24. The pair are the first aircraft as part of a contract that was signed in Dec 2022 for a total of four C295MWs to replace the CN235-110M which has served in the RBAF in various capacities.
The new C295MWs can take on such roles including as Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations, Medevac (Medical Evacuations), NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operations) and SAR (Search and Rescue operations). Furthermore, the C295MW can be configured to carry out troop and cargo transport, VIP transport, cargo drops, along with Military Freefall (MFF) and airborne static parachute jumps. shp/adj/dl (Pix:Brunei Ministry of Defence)