On October 30, 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the C-295 transport aircraft manufacturing facility at Vadodara to be set up by Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) and Airbus Defence and Space
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said
The C-295 will replace the Avro aircraft in service with IAF. After laying the foundation stone, Mr. Narendra Modi stated “Today we have taken a major step towards making India into an aircraft manufacturing hub.
Today, India manufactures fighter aircraft, tanks, and submarines. Besides, Indian medicines and vaccines are saving the lives of millions across the globe. Now India will become a large manufacturer of transport aircraft.”
The Prime Minister added that “This is the 1st time that such a huge investment is taking place in India’s defense aerospace sector. Transport aircraft to be built at Vadodara, Gujrat will not only provide strength to our armed forces but will also develop a new ecosystem for aircraft manufacturing.”
Mr. Narendra Modi stated, “We have carried out several economic reforms over the years. These reforms have hugely benefitted the manufacturing sector and given it a boost.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told“Our policy is stable, predictable, and futuristic. Through PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan and National Logistics Policy, we are trying to bring changes in the logistic system of the country.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “In the coming years, the defense and aerospace sectors will be 2 important pillars for making India Aatmanirbhar. We have a goal of exceeding $25 billion in defense manufacturing by 2025. Besides, our defense exports would be more than $5 billion.”
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Ministry of Defence
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has 56 Avro transport aircraft procured in the 1960s and urgent need of replacement. The Request For Proposal (RFP) was issued to international firms in May 2013 and the sole bid by Airbus and TASL with the C-295 aircraft was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) in May 2015. In September 2021, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a ₹21,935 crore agreement with Airbus Defence and Space, Spain for the procurement of 56 C-295MW aircraft. This is the 1st project in which a military aircraft will be manufactured in India under technology transfer by the private sector.
The C295 is an aircraft of 5-10 tonne capacity used for tactical transport of up to 71 passengers or 50 paratroopers, and logistic operations to locations that are not accessible to current heavier aircraft and has a proven capability of operating from short or unprepared airstrips, told N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons speaking at the event.
Of the 56 aircraft contracted, 16 will arrive in fly-away condition between September 2023 and August 2025. The first of 40, Made in India aircraft is expected from September 2026 and completed by 2031 at the rate of eight aircraft per year.
With 285 aircraft ordered and 38 operators in 34 different countries, the C295 has achieved more than 500,000 flight hours. India will become the 35th C295 operator worldwide.
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