HYDERABAD- A significant milestone has been achieved in the ‘Make in India’ C295 program, as the Airbus Defence and Space Quality Management System (QMS) for the C295 aircraft has secured approval from the Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA), India’s regulatory authority.
This approval enables the production of detailed parts and sub-assemblies in India.
Airbus C295 India Approval
The certificate for this approval, formally presented on February 12, 2024, allows Airbus Defence and Space to collaborate with Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) in manufacturing detailed parts and sub-assemblies at various locations in India.
Sanjay Chawla, Director General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance, presented the certificate to Michael Schoellhorn, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, and Masood Hussainy, Head of Aerostructures and Aeroengines at Tata Advanced Systems Limited, during the ceremony at the C295 Main Components Assembly facility in Hyderabad.
This achievement represents a significant step in the comprehensive quality assurance roadmap established between Airbus Defence and Space and DGAQA for the C295 ‘Make in India’ program, done in close collaboration with TASL.
“This certification underscores the ongoing trust and confidence of DGAQA in Airbus quality standards. All detailed parts for the C295 will be produced in India, adhering to the exacting standards set by Airbus. We continue to collaborate closely with Tata Advanced Systems Limited to implement a robust and comprehensive quality framework for the successful manufacturing of C295 aircraft in India under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative,” stated Jorge Tamarit Degenhardt, VP – Head of C295 India Programme at Airbus Defence and Space.
Tata to Make 40 aircraft in India
India formalized the acquisition of 56 Airbus C295 aircraft to replace the legacy AVRO fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in September 2021.
According to the contractual agreement, Airbus will deliver the initial 16 aircraft in a ‘fly-away’ condition from its final assembly line in Seville, Spain.
Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) will manufacture and assemble the remaining 40 aircraft in India as part of an industrial partnership between the two companies. The initial C295 aircraft was delivered to the Indian Air Force in September 2023.
This certification is a crucial component of the program, encompassing the complete development of an integrated industrial ecosystem: from the production of detailed parts to assembly, testing, delivery, and maintenance throughout the entire lifecycle of the aircraft.
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