India has formalized the acquisition of 56 Airbus C295s to replace the former AVRO fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
This is the first “Make in India” aerospace program in the private sector, involving the full development of a complete industrial ecosystem: from manufacturing to assembly, testing and qualification, to delivery and maintenance of the complete life cycle of the aircraft.
Under the contractual agreement, Airbus will deliver the first 16 aircraft in “flight-to-flight” condition from its final assembly line in Seville, Spain. The following 40 aircraft will be manufactured and assembled by Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) in India as part of an industrial partnership between the two companies.
The first 16 devices will be delivered more than four years after the implementation of the contract. All IAF C295s will be returned to transport configuration and equipped with a native electronic warfare suite.
“The C295 has again proven to be the segment leader, and with the addition of India as a new operator, the type will further expand its footprint, not only on operational aspects but also on its own industrial development. and technological, ”said Michael Schoellhorn. , CEO of Airbus Defense and Space.
Sukaran Singh, Managing Director and CEO of Tata Advanced Systems Limited, said, “This is a proud moment for Tatas and a milestone for the Indian military manufacturing ecosystem. For the first time, a private Indian company will manufacture an aircraft entirely in India.
“This effort demonstrates the capabilities of Tata Advanced Systems as a defense manufacturer to build globally competitive complex platforms in India.”
The C295 program will see Airbus working with major public sector defense units such as Bharat Electronics and Bharat Dynamics.
The C295 is used for the tactical transport of up to 71 soldiers or 50 paratroopers, and for logistics operations to locations inaccessible to today’s heavier aircraft. It can drop paratroopers and loads, and also be used for casualty evacuation or medical treatment (medevac) using either basic scopes or mobile intensive care units (ICUs) with life support equipment .
The aircraft can perform special missions as well as disaster response and maritime patrol missions.
The IAF becomes the 35th C295 operator in the world, with a program reaching 278 aircraft, of which 200 are already in operation.