Prayagraj-The recently-inducted C295 medium tactical transport aircraft is poised to take part in the upcoming Air Force Day celebrations in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, officials confirmed today. The event, a prominent fixture in the IAF's calendar, is scheduled for October 8 and is anticipated to showcase approximately 70-80 aircraft, offering aviation enthusiasts a captivating display.
The ceremonial induction of the first C295 aircraft into the Indian Air Force took place at the Hindon Air Force station in the esteemed presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari.
The aircraft will play a significant role in the IAF Day celebrations set to unfold in Prayagraj, affirmed a senior IAF official. The C295 is expected to stand as a major attraction during the event, enhancing the festivities and exemplifying its operational prowess.
In keeping with the Air Force's tradition of hosting the annual celebrations in different regions of the nation, this year's festivities will grace the city of Prayagraj, providing a unique experience for attendees. The celebratory parade will feature a diverse array of vintage and modern aircraft, highlighting the IAF's rich heritage and technological advancements.
The Indian Air Force is all set to celebrate its 91st anniversary on October 8. Embracing the tradition of diversifying the Air Force Day celebrations, this year's parade and air display will captivate audiences in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, announced the IAF.
The ceremonial parade will unfold at Air Force station Bamrauli, while the awe-inspiring air display will grace the skies over the Sangam area, in close proximity to the ordnance depot fort in Prayagraj.
The picturesque locale of Prayagraj is anticipated to provide a stunning backdrop, further enhancing the allure of the aircraft formations showcased during the celebrations.
Highlighting the strategic procurement, the IAF is in the process of acquiring 56 C295 transport aircraft under a Rs 21,935-crore deal with Airbus Defence and Space. This acquisition marks a significant step in modernizing the IAF's fleet, replacing the aging Avro-748 aircraft. Airbus is slated to deliver the initial 16 aircraft in a 'fly-away' condition by 2025, with the subsequent 40 aircraft being manufactured and assembled by Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) in India, as part of a pivotal industrial collaboration between the two entities.
Renowned for its superior capabilities, the C295 is designed for tactical transport, accommodating up to 71 troops or 50 paratroopers, along with logistics operations to locations inaccessible to current heavier aircraft. The aircraft's versatile nature positions it as a valuable asset for the IAF's operational requirements.
As the Air Force Day celebrations approach, the anticipation builds for an awe-inspiring display of aviation prowess, with the C295 aircraft taking center stage, embodying India's commitment to enhancing its air capabilities and safeguarding national interests.
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