On Friday, the Indian Ministry of Defence has signed a major agreement with Spain’s Airbus Defence and Space to get 56 C-295 aircraft for the Indian Air Force. It is buying 56 C-295 medium transport aircraft as part of a contract worth about Rs 22,000 crore. It is purchasing these instead of the Avro-748 aircraft in the Indian Air Force. The decision to replace the Avro-748 was made nine years ago.
The proposal to procure these aircraft has been pending for a long time. Two weeks ago, the proposal was approved by the Cabinet Committee. Defence Ministry spokesperson A Bharat Bhushan Babu said in a tweet on Friday that an agreement had been reached between the Defence Ministry and Spain’s Airbus Defence and Space.
Airbus will deliver 16 aircraft to India in flyaway condition within 48 months. The remaining 40 aircraft are manufactured in Uttar Pradesh India by a consortium of Airbus Defence and Space, Tata Advanced Systems Limited. These are made and delivered within ten years from the date of signing of this agreement.
This is the first time that a private company has manufactured military aircraft in India. The C-295 MW aircraft can carry 5-10 tons of cargo. The Ministry of Defence has announced that domestic electronic warfare suits will be installed on all 56 aircraft purchased under the agreement.
Ratan Tata congratulated Airbus and the Indian defence ministry for the bold step in fully building this state-of-the-art multi-role aircraft in India in support of the ‘Make In India’ thrust to bolster the country’s equity framework.