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Indian Air Force to get its first Airbus C295 transport aircraft in September

IAF crews will carry out acceptance trials of India’s first C295 transport aircraft at the Airbus Defence and Space’s Seville facility in southern Spain in early September before taking delivery of the plane

A file photo of a tactical military transport aircraft Airbus C295. (REUTERS)Premium
A file photo of a tactical military transport aircraft Airbus C295. (REUTERS)

The planemaker Airbus will deliver India’s first tactical military transport aircraft C295 to Indian Air Force (IAF) in September, said a report by Hindustan Times on Wednesday

IAF crews will carry out acceptance trials of India’s first C295 transport aircraft at the Airbus Defence and Space’s Seville facility in southern Spain in early September before taking delivery of the plane, said the report citing Airbus officials aware of the matter.

The first 16 C295 aircraft will be delivered to the IAF by Airbus in flyaway condition from Spain.

Remaining forty planes are to be built in India, and work on domestic production is in full swing, the report said citing officials.

The delivery of first C295 to India will set in motion a crucial ‘Make in India’ project worth  21,935 crore to equip the IAF with 56 such aircraft.

The first C295 aircraft has completed its maiden flight in May and second one is in final assembly stage at Airbus’s Seville facility and will be delivered to IAF in May 2024, said the report. 

Two years ago, India’s defence ministry had signed the contract with Airbus to boost self-reliance in the defence manufacturing sector. Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Airbus are jointly executing the project.

Six IAF pilots and 20 technicians have been trained at the Seville facility, Jorge Tamarit, head of the C295 India programme, told HT.

Another 18 pilots and 60 technicians will be trained at Seville next year, he added.

The main constituent assembly for the C295 set up by Tata at Hyderabad will be functional next week, while the final assembly line in Vadodara will be operational in November 2024, Jorge Madrid, another senior Airbus official associated with the Indian programme, told HT.

In October 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the manufacturing facility being set up by the Tata-Airbus consortium at Vadodara.

 

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Published: 19 Jul 2023, 10:49 PM IST
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