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Airbus Military C-295 Airborne Warning Aircraft Makes Maiden Flight

June 10 2011

Spain

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus Military has completed the first flight of a C-295 cargo aircraft prototype fitted with an airborne early warning and command (AEW&C) system, reports the defense firm.

The aircraft, fitted with a 20-foot (6-m) in diameter dummy radar rotodome, flew for nearly three hours from Airbus Military's facility in Seville, Spain, on Tuesday.

The trials are designed to verify the aerodynamic and structural impact of the rotodome on the aircraft's...

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