India is set to acquire its first C-295MW transport aircraft today, marking a significant step in the modernization of the Indian Air Force's transport fleet.
Airbus will formally hand over the C-295MW transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force at an official ceremony in Seville, Spain, where Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari, Chief of the Indian Air Force, will participate. The Indian Air Force confirmed that Airbus would officially deliver this aircraft.
It's worth noting that on September 24, 2021, the Ministry of Defence signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space, Spain, for the acquisition of 56 C-295MW transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force.
India Designates the 56 Airbus C-295 Aircraft for Avro Fleet Replacement
India has legally designated the acquisition of 56 Airbus C-295MW aircraft to replace the Avro fleet of the Indian Air Force. According to the agreement, Airbus will deliver the first sixteen aircraft in a flyaway condition to the Indian Air Force before transitioning the remaining aircraft to flying status at its main production center.
Tata Advanced Systems Limited of India will manufacture and assemble forty of these C-295 aircraft as part of an industrial partnership between the two companies. All C-295 aircraft will be equipped with indigenous electronic warfare systems.
The acquisition of these 56 C-295 aircraft will further boost the "Make in India" initiative and contribute to the development of aerospace infrastructure in the aviation sector through industrial partnerships between Airbus and Tata Advanced Systems Limited.
These 5-10 ton capacity transport aircraft are equipped with modern technology and are capable of operating from semi-prepared airfields. They also feature a rear ramp door for quick response and para-dropping of troops and cargo. The aircraft will enhance the Indian Air Force's strategic airlift capability, particularly in northern and northeastern regions and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Notably, out of the 56 aircraft, 40 will be produced by the Tata consortium in India. All deliveries are expected to be completed within ten years. All 56 aircraft will be equipped with indigenous electronic warfare suites. After completion of deliveries in India, subsequent aircraft can be exported to countries approved by the Indian government.
This project will strengthen India's aerospace infrastructure, involving the participation of several MSME industries across the country. The development will also include the construction of specialized infrastructure such as hangars, buildings, aprons, and taxiways.