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The Transall C-160 (sometimes C.160 or simply Transall) is a military transport aircraft. It was designed and produced as a joint venture between France and Germany, Transall being an abbreviation of the specially formed consortium Transporter Allianz, comprising the companies of MBB, Aerospatiale and Focke-Wulf. It was initially developed to meet the requirements for a modern cargo aircraft for the French and German air forces; export sales were also made to South Africa, Turkey, Thailand, and Jordan, as well as a small number to civilian operators.

The C-160 proved to be a long-lasting design, remaining in service more than 50 years after the type's first flight in 1963. It has provided logistical support to a number of overseas operations and deployments; and has also served in specialist roles such as an aerial refueling tanker, airborne early warning, electronic intelligence and communications platform, and maritime patrol. The C-160 will be replaced in French and German service by the Airbus A400M Atlas.


  • C-160A: Six pre-production aircraft were built for Franco-German trials.
  • C-160AEW: Airborne Early Warning variant.
  • C-160ASF: An armed version of the C-160S for sea surveillance, fitted with a search radar, several observation blisters and launching tubes for smoke and other buoys. The C-160ASF also had a retractable radar under the fuselage and pylons for up to four AM 39 Exocet missiles or other munitions.
  • C-160D: Production aircraft for the German Air Force; 110 were built. Twenty of these aircraft were delivered to Turkish Air Force in 1971 as C-160T. A few of the remaining German C-160 were fitted with the self-protection suite called ESS.
  • C-160F: Production aircraft for the French Air Force; 50 were built.
  • C-160G Gabriel: Electronic reconnaissance aircraft.
  • C-160H Astarte: Airborne communications relay used for communicating with submerged French nuclear submarines.
  • C-160J: Commercial airliner variant with the Rolls-Royce Tyne turboprops replaced by Pratt & Whitney Canada JT3-D turbofans.
  • C-160P: Conversion of C-160Fs for use by the French Postal Service.
  • C-160S: Maritime Surveillance variant of the C-160.
  • C-160Z: Production aircraft for the South African Air Force; nine were built.


  • France
    • French Air Force
    • Air France
  • Gabon
    • Air Affaires Gabon
  • Germany
    • German Air Force
  • Indonesia
    • Manunggal Air Service
  • Portugal
    • Portuguese Air Force
  • South Africa
    • South African Air Force
  • Switzerland
    • Balair
  • Turkey
    • Turkish Air Force

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