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Government clears C-295 aircraft deal for IAF

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    13th Sep, 2021


To provide a major fillip to the transport fleet of the Indian Air Force, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) cleared procurement of 56 transport aircraft from Airbus.

What is C-295MW?

  • C-295MW is a transport aircraft of 5-10 tonne capacity with contemporary technology.
  • All aircraft will be installed with the indigenous Electronic Warfare Suite.
  • It has a rear ramp door for quick reaction and para-dropping of troops and cargo.
  • The fleet will replace the Avro aircraft of the Air Force, which are British-origin twin-engine turboprop, military transport and freighter with a 6-tonne freight capacity.
  • Its dimensions are smaller than the IAF’s fleet of C-130Js, C-17s and IL-76s, C-295s.

Key-highlights of the project

  • 16 aircraft will be delivered in flyaway condition from Spain within 48 months of signing of the contract.
  • The remaining 40 aircraft will be manufactured in India by the TATA Consortium within 10 years of signing the contract.
  • This is the first project of its kind in which a military aircraft will be manufactured in India under technology transfer by a private company.
  • Cost: It is expected to cost close to $3bn.
  • Incidentally, this is the first defence contract the European firm Airbus has signed with India since the 1960s despite being in the country for over five decades.

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