After a long pause, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is getting 56 C-295MW transport aircraft from M/s Airbus Defense and Space S.A., Spain. These aircraft will supplant the maturing Avro Transport aircraft of IAF.
The endorsement to get these aircraft was given by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Wednesday. The arrangement for supplanting the current Avros with C-295 MW has been going on since 2013 and it got its endorsement by the Defense Acquisition Council in 2015. Anyway, there were a few specialized and costs related issues that had deferred the arrangement from being concluded. In 2015, the sole bidders were Airbus and Tata.
More with regards to the aircraft and the contract
As indicated by an official statement given by the Ministry of Defense, C-295MW aircraft is a transport aircraft of 5-10 Ton limit with contemporary technology.
For speedy reaction and para dropping of troops and cargo, it has a back incline entryway.
According to the statement, sixteen aircraft are relied upon to be conveyed in flyaway condition from Spain within 48 months of marking of the contract. However the Ministry has not determined the financial subtleties, it is assessed that the 56 aircraft will be for around USD 2.5 billion.
And as has been accounted for by Financial Express Online prior to the equilibrium forty aircraft will be produced by TATA Consortium. This will be within ten months from the marking of the contract.
Interestingly, a tactical aircraft will be fabricated in India by a private sector organization.
Indigenous Electronic Warfare Suite will be on board all 56 aircraft.
This undertaking will assist with making an aerospace environment in India. A few MSMEs from the nation over will be engaged with assembling various pieces of the aircraft.
This will likewise help in giving a lift to the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ and will help in chopping down import reliance and expanding sends out.
Sub-assemblies and other significant component assemblies of air structure are relied upon to be made in India.
This thus will help in creating around 600 exceptionally talented positions straightforwardly, more than 3000 backhanded positions, and additional 3000 medium ability business openings.
Will make the particular framework as a taxiway, apron, buildings, and hangars.
At the point when the aircraft will be fabricated in India under the Tata Consortium, all providers will be associated with uncommon cycles. This will help them in acquiring and keeping up with globally perceived National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP) accreditation.
‘D’ Level overhauling office (MRO) for C-295MW aircraft is intended to be set up in India and later this office will go about as regional MRO center point for various variations of C-295 aircraft.
The OEM — M/s Airbus Defense and Space S.A., Spain will release offset obligations. This will be done through the direct acquisition of qualified items and Services from Indian Offset Partners.
What deferred the acquisition?
After the specialized issues were settled the Ministry of Defense had effectively concluded value negotiations with Tata and Airbus for C-295 Transport Aircraft in 2019.