Giving an impetus to the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ of the Government the Ministry of Defence (MoD) recently signed a contract with M/s Airbus Defence and Space, Spain for acquisition of 56 C-295MW transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force.
The MoD has also signed an Offset Contract with M/s Airbus Defence and Space through which M/s Airbus will discharge its offset obligations through direct purchase of eligible products and services from Indian Offset Partners. These contracts were signed following the approval accorded by the Cabinet Committee on Security earlier this month stated an official release.
The release further stated that the induction of C-295MW will be a significant step towards modernisation of the transport fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
“Project to give a boost to Aerospace ecosystem in India”
It is a transport aircraft of 5-10 tonne capacity with contemporary technology that will replace the ageing Avro transport aircraft of IAF and is said to give a major boost to tactical airlift capability of IAF, especially in the Northern and North-Eastern sector and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Out of 56, forty aircraft will be manufactured in India by TATA Consortium. All the deliveries will be completed within ten years of signing of the contract.
“All 56 aircraft will be installed with indigenous Electronic Warfare Suite “
All 56 aircraft will be installed with indigenous Electronic Warfare Suite. After completion of the delivery, the subsequent aircraft manufactured in India can be exported to countries which are cleared by the Government of India.
The project will give a boost to the aerospace ecosystem in India wherein several MSMEs spread over the country will be involved in manufacturing of parts of the aircraft.
The program will also involve development of specialised infrastructure in the form of hangars, buildings, aprons and taxiways.