- According to the IAF, the project will give a boost to India's aerospace ecosystem.
- The program will also help the "Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan" of the Union government by giving the Indian private sector a one-of-a-kind chance to get into the flight industry
The head of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal (ACM) VR Chaudhari, will leave for Spain on Monday to pick up the first C-295 transport plane made by Airbus in Seville, Spain.
The C-295 delivery plane will then land in India a few weeks later, where the Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will officially welcome it into the IAF. In 2021, India and Airbus made a deal for 56 C-295 planes to be sent to the Indian Air Force.
The C-295 is a cargo plane that can carry between 5 and 10 tons. It is equipped with modern technology and will replace the IAF’s old Avro planes. The plane has a ramp door in the back so that troops and goods can be dropped quickly.
The C-295 is a twin-turboprop plane that can transport fully equipped troops over long distances and land on smaller airstrips. The IAF says that all 56 of its planes will get an Electronic Warfare Suite (EWS) made in India. This will help the planes do their jobs better.
According to the deal, Airbus will send 16 ready-to-fly aircraft from Spain within 48 months of signing the contract. The Tata group will then build the remaining 40 aircraft in India within 10 years of signing the contract.
This is the first project of its kind in which a private company in India will make a combat plane.
According to the IAF, the project will give a boost to India’s aerospace ecosystem. Several MSMEs that make parts for airplanes will also gain from the project.
The program will also help the “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” of the Union government by giving the Indian private sector a one-of-a-kind chance to get into the flight industry, which is based on technology and is very competitive.
The project will increase the number of airplanes that are made in the United States. This will make the country less dependent on imports and should lead to a rise in exports.