PM Modi to lay foundation stone for manufacturing facility of C-295 in Vodadara

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for a C-295 transport aircraft production facility in Vadodara, Gujarat.

He will also hold a gathering at Leprosy Ground in Vadodara, according to a Gujarat government statement.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Defense announced that a consortium consisting of European defense giant Airbus and Tata Corporation will produce the C-295 transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Vadodara.

According to Air Marshal Sandeep Singh, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the C-295 can take off and land unprepared and on short runways. It also has excellent fuel efficiency. He announced that when route aircraft begin arriving in the second half of next year, the IAF will also establish its first fleet of C-295s at Vadodara by converting one of the Avro squadrons in the region.

The C295 is a 5- to 10-ton aircraft used for tactical transport of up to 71 passengers or 50 paratroopers, as well as for logistics operations to locations where heavy aircraft cannot. access at the present time. It has been shown to be able to operate from short or unprepared runways, which is a proven capability.

This is the first time a military aircraft has been manufactured in India by a private company.

Both aircraft exports and additional IAF orders will be fulfilled at this facility. Defense Minister Ajay Kumar said the plane could also be used for civilian purposes.

The agreement stipulates that Airbus will deliver the first 16 planes in “take off” condition from its final assembly line in Seville, Spain, within four years. Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) in India will manufacture and assemble the remaining 40 aircraft as part of the industrial partnership.

Last September, India signed an agreement with Airbus Defense and Space for 56 C-295 aircraft to replace the aging Avro-748 aircraft of the IAF.

“This is the beginning of an entire ecosystem for the aviation sector. The facility will serve as the Regional Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) hub for all C-295s, Defense Minister Ajay Kumar said during a media briefing. “The first 16 flying planes are expected to be received between September 2023 and August 2025.

The first Made in India aircraft is expected from September 2026 and completed in 2031 at a rate of 8 units per year. “

There are 56 Avro transport aircraft commissioned in 1960 that are currently in the IAF’s inventory and need urgent replacement. The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) approved Airbus and TASL’s single bid for the C-295 aircraft in May 2015, following the publication of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to global businesses in May 2015. May 2013.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) has agreed to purchase 56 C-295MW aircraft from Airbus Defense and Space, Spain, for a total of 21,935 crore in September 2021. This is the first project using technology transfer of private sector to manufacture a military aircraft in India.

Starting Sunday, Prime Minister Modi will begin a three-day visit to Gujarat where he will launch a series of projects in different parts of the state where Parliamentary elections are about to be announced. .

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