TYPE: Aviocar - STOL utility transport. Patrullero - Maritime patrol and Elint/ECM platform
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Spain
POWERPLANTS: 200 - Two 670kW (900shp) TPE311-10-501Cs turboprops driving four bladed constant speed propellers. 300 - Two 670kW (900shp) Garrett TPE331-10R-513CS.
PERFORMANCE: 200 - Max cruising speed 365km/h (197kt), cruising speed 346km/h (187kt). Range with max payload 410km (220nm), range with max fuel 1760km (950nm). 300 - Max cruising speed 354km/h (190kt), economical cruising speed 300km/h (162kt). Max initial rate of climb 1630ft/min. STOL takeoff run 385m (1260ft). Range with 25 passengers at max cruising speed 440km (237nm), range with a 1700kg (3770lb) payload 1435km (775nm).
WEIGHTS: 200 - Empty 3780kg (8333lb), max takeoff 7450kg (16,424lb). 300 - Empty 3780kg (8333lb), max takeoff 7700kg (16,975lb).
DIMENSIONS: 200 -Wing span 19.00m (62ft 4in), length 15.16m (49ft 9in), height 6.30m (20ft 8in). Wing area 40.0m2 (430.6sq ft). 300 - Wing span 20.28m (66ft 7in), length 16.15m (53ft 0in), height 6.60m (21ft 8in). Wing area 41.0m2 (441.3sq ft).
ACCOMMODATION: Aviocar - Flightcrew of two. Max passenger seat- ing for 26 troops or 12 stretchers and four medical attendants. Patrullero - Four systems operators in maritime patrol configuration, or radar operator and two observers in ASW configuration.
ARMAMENT: Aviocar - Two underwing hardpoints of 250kg (550lb) capacity each can carry light gun or rocket pods. Patrullero - Can carry torpedoes (such as Mk 46s or Stingray), rockets and anti ship- ping missiles (including Aerospatiale AS15TT and Sea Skua).
OPERATORS: Abu Dhabi, Angola, Bolivia, Chad, Chile, Columbia, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Mexico, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Sudan, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.
HISTORY: Initially conceived as a light STOL transport for the Spanish Air Force, the CASA C-212 has found a large military market world- wide and is particularly popular in underdeveloped regions.
The C-212 was designed to replace the Spanish Air Force's mixed fleet of Douglas C-47 Dakotas and Junkers Ju 52s still in service in the 1960s. Design work began in the late 1960s (features including good STOL performance and a rear cargo ramp), the first prototype flying on March 26 1971. The type entered air force service in 1974.
The initial civil version was designated the C-212C, the military version the C-212-5. Production of these models ceased in 1978, CASA switching to the Series 200 with more powerful engines and higher operating weights. The Series 200 first flew in converted C-212C prototype form on April 30 1978.
A third development of the Aviocar is the Series 300 which first flew in 1984 and was certificated in late 1987. Improvements to this model are newer engines and winglets. The Series 300 is also offered in special mission Patrullero form, and is offered in radar and sonobuoy equipped 300MP maritime patrol form, and signal interception, classification, identification and jamming equipment in 300DE ECM/Elint form.
Photos CASA C-212 Aviocar