The President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, announced on his social media accounts that the government has closed a new order for two C295 turboprops with Airbus.
The aircraft will be operated by the Ecuadorian Navy and Army in transport, surveillance, aeromedical evacuation and humanitarian aid missions, among others.
Lasso, who will end his term in December, did not reveal when the aircraft will be delivered. Airbus had not commented on the C295 order until the publication of this article.
The C295 has been a very popular aircraft in Latin America, being used by countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Ecuador itself, whose air force has had three turboprops since 2014.
Developed from the CN-235 passenger turboprop, the C295 has been quite successful as a light tactical transport, with a payload capacity of 7 to 9.3 tons.
The Airbus aircraft can also be configured for Search and Rescue (SAR), reconnaissance and maritime patrol.
Among the new customers for the model is the Indian Air Force, which placed an order for 56 aircraft, part of which will be assembled in the country. The first Indian C295 was delivered in September.