$2.5-billion purchase of 56 C-295 army transport planes cleared

The Union Cupboard Committee on Safety (CCS) on Wednesday cleared the acquisition of 56 C-295MW medium transport plane from Airbus Defence and House, Spain, in a deal value $2.5-3 billion.

The acquisition can be completed beneath the ‘Purchase & Make’ class of the Defence Procurement Process. Of the 56 plane, 16 are to be delivered in flyaway situation from Spain inside 48 months of signing the contract, whereas the remaining 40 can be inbuilt India by the Tata group inside 10 years of contract signature.

The C-295 is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW-127 engines, part of the PW-100 household. That is more likely to kind a considerable a part of the fee.

The Indian Air Power (IAF) has been urgent for years for the acquisition of medium transport plane (5-10-tonne raise capability) to interchange its 56 ageing Avro HS-748. The IAF already operates a big fleet of transport plane. These embrace over 100 AN-32s (being upgraded), ageing Russian IL-76s, and two new US plane – C-130J Tremendous Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III. Nevertheless, the IAF believes it requires extra utility and transport plane, for tactical use and for catastrophe aid and emergencies.

The reactivation of superior touchdown grounds (ALGs) alongside the Sino-Indian border would create a requirement of rugged plane just like the C-295 to function off them, together with for the UDAN programme.


  • 16 plane to be delivered in flyaway situation from Spain; 40 to be inbuilt India

  • Initiative to strengthen indigenous aerospace constructing capabilities and enhance ‘Make in India’

  • All plane to be put in with indigenous Digital Warfare Suite

  • To exchange the 56 ageing Avro plane of IAF

The C-295 is a transporter that performs virtually like a fighter. It requires simply 700 metres of runway to raise off and climbs quickly to mission altitude. It has a number of mission functionality: transporting 71 individuals, lifting 7.25 tonnes of cargo or monitoring the ocean for 11 hours continuous, utilizing refined radar and infra-red scanners. It requires simply 350 metres to land.

The C-295 has a rear ramp door for fast loading and unloading and for para dropping of troops and cargo.

Of the 40 C-295s that Tata Aerospace and Defence (Tata A&D) will construct, eight can be from semi-knocked down (SKD) kits and one other eight from utterly knocked down (CKD) kits. The remaining 24 are to be inbuilt India by Tata A&D, incrementally indigenising the assemblies and sub-assemblies.

On condition that solely 24 plane can be inbuilt India, assembly the 50 per cent indigenisation requirement could possibly be a problem. Nevertheless, Airbus expects India will order extra C295s for its army and central armed police forces.

Earlier than completion of deliveries, a ‘D’ degree servicing facility (Upkeep, Restore and Overhaul) for the C-295MW plane is scheduled to be arrange in India. It’s anticipated that this facility will act as a regional MRO hub for numerous variants of C-295 plane.

Airbus welcomed the choice of the Cupboard and mentioned it regarded ahead to signing and executing the contract collectively with the Tata group.

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