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Watch: Airbus Rolls Out India’s First C-295MW Aircraft Wearing IAF’s Gray Color Scheme

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Watch: Airbus Rolls Out India’s First C-295MW Aircraft Wearing IAF’s Gray Color Scheme

Airbus Defense and Space has rolled out the first unit of India’s C-295 aircraft out of its paint shop, at the production facility in the city of Seville, located in southern Spain. Airbus has shared images and videos of the military aircraft emerging from the Airbus Defense and Space’s San Pablo site, which is home to the military transport activities and the Final Assembly Line (FAL) for the four-engine turboprop-powered A400M airlifter and twin- turboprop C295. The plane will be inducted into the Indian Air Force and gets its traditional gray colour.

The plane is the first of the 16 medium-lift tactical transport airport aircraft which will be delivered to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in flyaway condition. The induction of the aircraft that will replace the aging Avro aircraft of IAF has been seen as another step towards the modernization of the country’s air force. While 16 planes will be made in Spain by Airbus, 40 will be made-in-India for the first time by the Tata Group.

In September 2021 that the Cabinet Committee on Security approved the procurement of 56 C-295MW transport aircraft from Airbus Defense following. Among the 56 units, 16 will be made at the Airbus’ Spain facility. 40 of these, will be made by Tata Advanced Systems, who entered a collaboration with Airbus for the manufacturing and assembly of the C-295 aircraft for the IAF.

Under the agreement, Tata Advanced Systems was selected as the Indian Production Agency (IPA) by Airbus. It will not only produce 40 fly-away C-295 aircraft from its facilities but will also subsequently provide MRO support and service for the total 56 aircraft that will be procured by IAF.

In October 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the transport aircraft manufacturing project in Gujarat’s Vadodara, giving a major boost to the ‘Make in India’ initiative and domestic aviation manufacturing. The first 16 fly-away aircraft are scheduled to be received between September 2023 and August 2025 while the first ‘Made in India’ aircraft is expected from September 2026.

The C-295MW, a transport aircraft of 5-10 tonne capacity with contemporary technology, is expected to strengthen the logistic capabilities of the IAF. It has a rear ramp door for quick reaction and para-dropping of troops and cargo. Short take-off/land from semi-prepared surfaces is another of its features. The aircraft can be used for civilian purposes as well.

Manufacturing of over 13,400 detail parts, 4,600 sub-assemblies and all the seven major component assemblies will be undertaken in India, along with tools, jigs and testers. Also, 96 per cent of the total man-hour work per aircraft that Airbus employs at its manufacturing facility in Spain will be undertaken in India by the Tata Consortium.

Various systems such as engines, landing gear, avionics, EW suite among others, will be provided by Airbus Defense & Space and integrated into the aircraft by the Tata Consortium. All 56 aircraft will also be fitted with the indigenous electronic warfare suite of Indian DPSUs – Bharat Electronics Ltd and Bharat Dynamics Limited.

After the completion of the delivery of 56 aircraft to IAF, Airbus will be allowed to sell the aircraft manufactured in India to civil operators and export to countries which are cleared by the Indian government.

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