Oct 28, 2022By: Rahul Verma
In a major boost to India's defence system, the European aviation giant Airbus and India’s TATA group will jointly manufacture C-295 transport aircraft in India with the production unit being set up in Gujarat’s Vadodara.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the project on Sunday at a ceremony at Vadodara. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia, and Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendrabhai Patel are among those who will attend the function.
The first 16 fly-away aircraft are scheduled to be received between September 2023 and August 2025. The first Made in India aircraft is expected in September 2026.
A transport aircraft C-295MW has a 5-10 tonne capacity with contemporary technology that will replace the aging Avro aircraft of IAF. The aircraft will strengthen the logistic capabilities of the IAF.
With cabin dimensions of 12.7 m/41 ft 8 in (in length), the C295 has the longest unobstructed cabin in its class. It can accommodate up to 71 seats, offering a much higher personnel-carrying capability than its competitors in this segment.
The aircraft has strong landing gear that enables it to operate in the most austere locations with the worst conditions for take-off and landings. The C295 is a tactical military transport aircraft with a light footprint to enable operations from short (no longer than 670 m/2,200 ft), soft and rough (CBR 2) unprepared airstrips.
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