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Mon, 27 September 2021

India Formalises Acquisition of 56 Airbus C295 Aircraft

(27 Sep 2021) India has formalised the acquisition of 56 Airbus C295 aircraft to replace the Indian Air Force (IAF) legacy AVRO fleet.

Under the contractual agreement, Airbus will deliver the first 16 aircraft in fly-away condition from its final assembly line in Seville, Spain, over four years after the contract implementation.

The subsequent 40 aircraft will be manufactured and assembled by the Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) in India as part of an industrial partnership between the two companies.

All the IAF C295s will be handed over in transport configuration and equipped with an indigenous Electronic Warfare Suite.

IAF Airbus C295. Click to enlarge.

It is the first Make in India aerospace programme in the private sector, involving the full development of a complete industrial ecosystem: from the manufacture to assembly, test and qualification, to delivery and maintenance of the complete lifecycle of the aircraft.

This contract will support the further development of Indias aerospace ecosystem, bringing investment and 15,000 skilled direct jobs and 10,000 indirect positions over the coming 10 years, said Michael Schoellhorn, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space. The C295 has proven again as the segment leader, and with the addition of India as a new operator, the type will enlarge its footprint even more, not only on the operational aspects but on its own industrial and technological development.

With a proven capability of operating from short or unprepared airstrips, the C295 is used for tactical transport of up to 71 troops or 50 paratroopers, and for logistic operations to locations that are not accessible to current heavier aircraft.

It can airdrop paratroops and loads, and also be used for casualty or medical evacuation (medevac), as demonstrated during the COVID19 pandemic, using either basic litters or mobile intensive care units (ICU) with life support equipment.

The aircraft can also perform special missions as well as disaster response and maritime patrol duties.

Sukaran Singh, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tata Advanced Systems Limited, said, This is a moment of pride for Tatas and a milestone for the Indian military manufacturing ecosystem. For the first time, an Indian private company will be wholly manufacturing an aircraft in India. This endeavour demonstrates Tata Advanced Systems capabilities as a defence manufacturer to build globally competitive complex platforms in India.

The IAF becomes the 35th C295 operator worldwide, with the programme reaching 278 aircraft, 200 of which are already in operation and have booked more than half a million flight-hours.

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