CATEGORY: Military transport aircraft
CREW: 2 + flight attendants
Soon after the introduction of the base version of the A320 in 1987, Airbus’ new narrow-body passenger planes became popular on many continents around the world. Assessing the market needs, the management of the company decided to develop the shorter fuselage A319 after the extended A321. The former was introduced in 1996 by Swissair, the first airline to order the type. Thanks to the same structure, cockpit design, and instrument panel, all members of the A320 family can be operated by pilots with the same license.
The naval version of the A319MPA is under development by Airbus. The primary mission of the “combat” A319s is long-range patrolling, reconnaissance, tracking surface and underwater targets and destroying them as necessary.
On 2nd February 2018, the Hungarian Defence Forces officially took over the grey-painted A319s, with side numbers 604 and 605. The two jet aircraft are flown by the pilots of the air transport squadron of the 59th Szentgyörgyi Dezső Air Base of the Hungarian Defence Forces, doing troops, passenger, and cargo transport missions, or with special equipment, medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions.
The aircraft has a traditional, all-metal construction with a low-wing configuration. It is powered by two CFMI CFM56 engines under the wings, with a thrust of 98 kN. The plane has a double-wheeled nose gear and two main gears with double wheels that can be retracted into the wings.
In the passenger compartment of the aircraft the seats in the first three rows are arranged in a 2×2 and then a 3×3 scheme.
A total of 144 passengers can be safely seated in the 25 rows.
More video contents on the YouTube channel of the Hungarian Defence Forces.
Author: Trautmann Balázs (honvedelem.hu)