In a significant decision, the Cabinet Committee on Security on Wednesday approved the purchase of 56 C-295 transport aircraft to replace the old Avro fleet of the Indian Air Force. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Defense, 16 aircraft will be procured from Airbus Defense and Space which will be in flight condition. Apart from this, 40 aircraft will be built by the company in India as part of a consortium with Tata. “Today, the Cabinet Committee on Security has approved the proposal for procurement of 56 C-295MW transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force from Airbus Defense and Space SA, Spain,” the Defense Ministry said. The C-295MW aircraft is a 5 to 10 ton capacity transport aircraft with new technology that will replace the outdated Avro aircraft of the IAF. “16 aircraft will be supplied in flight condition from Spain within 48 months of the signing of the agreement, while 40 aircraft will be manufactured in India by the Tata consortium within 10 years of the signing of the agreement,” the ministry said. ‘ “This will be the first project of its kind in which a military aircraft will be manufactured in India by a private company…,” the ministry said. According to the ministry, this project will give a boost to the aerospace sector in India and several MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) spread across the country will be involved in manufacturing parts of aircraft. It is expected to create 600 high-skilled jobs, 3000-plus indirect jobs and an additional 3000 medium-skill jobs and generate more than 42.5 lakh working hours.
[Attribution to NBT]