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Ecuador's air force will take three C295s by year-end and retire the last of its Avro 748s.
The French offer is to share expenses on condition that the engine would be selected for the Russian rotary-wing designs with the best export prospects.
The initial operational test and evaluation period is expected to be complete this year.
The contract has a five-year base period to May 2, 2019, with an option to extend to 2024.
The Brazilian air force will take first delivery of the airlifter at the end of 2016.
Multi-role combat aicraft and multi-role tanker are among the aircraft covered by deals likely to be signed this year.
Relief organizations currently rely largely on old, environmentally unfriendly Russian airlifters.
The program's nine-year development is set to end this year, with no production order from the U.S., Germany or Italy.