New Delhi: The Indian Ministry of Defense on Friday signed a contract worth around 22,000 crore with Airbus Defense and Space, Spain, for the purchase of 56 C-295MW transport planes for the army of the ‘air.
Of these 16 aircraft must be delivered in flight condition from Spain and 40 must be manufactured in India.
These 56 C-295MW transport planes will replace the aging Avro planes of the Indian Air Force.
The C-295MW aircraft is a five to 10 ton capacity transport aircraft with contemporary technology. It has a rear ramp door for quick reaction and parachuting of troops and cargo.
On September 8, the government approved the purchase of 56 Airbus Defense and Space SA transport planes for the Indian Air Force.
The Cabinet Committee on Safety has approved the purchase of 56 C-295MW transport aircraft.
Sixteen aircraft will be delivered in flight condition from Spain within 48 months of contract signing and 40 will be manufactured in India by TATA Consortium within ten years of contract signing.
This is the first project of its kind in which a military aircraft will be manufactured in India by a private company.
The 56 planes will be installed with the native electronic warfare suite. “The project will give a boost to the aerospace ecosystem in India, where several MSMEs spread across the country will be involved in manufacturing aircraft parts,” the ministry said.
This will give a major boost to the “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” (Campaign for Indian Independence) as it offers a unique opportunity for the Indian private sector to enter a technologically intensive and highly competitive aviation industry.
The project will increase domestic aircraft manufacturing, resulting in reduced dependence on imports and an expected increase in exports.
A large number of retail parts, sub-assemblies and major aerostructure component assemblies are expected to be manufactured in India.
The program will act as a catalyst in creating jobs in the country’s aerospace ecosystem and is expected to directly generate 600 high-skilled jobs, over 3,000 indirect jobs and another 3,000 medium-skilled job opportunities with over 42.5 lakh man-hours of work. in the aerospace and defense sector of India.
It will involve the development of specialized infrastructure in the form of hangars, buildings, aprons and traffic lanes.
During the manufacturing process in India, all suppliers of the TATA consortium, who will be involved in special processes, are expected to obtain and maintain accreditation from the globally recognized National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP). .
“Prior to the completion of deliveries, a ‘D’ level maintenance facility (MRO) for C-295MW aircraft is expected to be established in India. It is expected that this facility will serve as a regional MRO hub for various C-295 aircraft variants, the ministry said.
In addition, the original equipment manufacturer will also meet its compensation obligations by purchasing qualifying products and services directly from India’s compensation partners, which will give new impetus to the economy.
Responding to the development, Ratan Tata said: “The approval of the joint project between Airbus Defense and Tata Advanced Systems to build the C-295 is a big step forward in opening aviation and avionics projects in India. .
“The C-295 is a versatile aircraft with several reconfigurations to meet the demands of the mission.
“He is considering the total manufacture of the aircraft in India.
“This will create a national supply chain capacity that meets international standards, something that has never been done before.
“The Tata Group congratulates Airbus and the Indian Ministry of Defense for this bold step in the full construction of this state-of-the-art multi-purpose aircraft in India, in support of the ‘Make in India’ momentum to strengthen the country’s equity framework.