Tata and Airbus to make C-295MW transport aircraft for IAF in Vadodara – The government announced a transport aircraft manufacturing facility for the Indian Air Force will be established in Vadodara in order to achieve a milestone in the highly competitive aviation industry and boost its Make-in-India defense program.
- Under the program, 40 of the 56 C-295MW transport aircraft being procured from Airbus Defence and Space SA, Spain, will be now manufactured at the new facility in Vadodara.
- On 30th October 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Vadodara facility.
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, and Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel will be present during the event.
Procurement of 56 C-295MW transport aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space SA
- Cabinet Committee on Security approved the procurement of 56 C-295MW transport aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space SA in September last year. the Ministry of Defence signed a deal for the acquisition of the aircraft with associated equipment for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
- 16 aircraft are to be delivered in flyaway condition and 40 aircraft will be manufactured in India by the Indian aircraft contractor, Tata consortium of Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) led by TASL which has been scheduled to get for IAF between September 2023 and August 2025.
- The total cost of the project will be around Rs 21,935 crores.
- The aircraft will be used for civilian purposes as well.
C-295MW transport aircraft
- The aircraft can operate from Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) and even unprepared runways.
- It will also carry around 40-45 paratroopers or around 70 passengers.
- The C-295MW is a transport aircraft of 5-10 tonne capacity with contemporary technology and it will take place of the ageing Avro aircraft of the IAF.
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