Tata-Airbus consortium to manufacture C295 planes in India

Le consortium Tata-Airbus va fabriquer des avions C295 en Inde.

The Tata-Airbus consortium will manufacture C295 aircraft in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for the Tata-Airbus consortium's C295 aircraft production plant in Vadodara, Gujarat, which will produce transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). This is the first such initiative in which a commercial company will produce a military aircraft in India.

The C295 aircraft will also be manufactured outside of Europe for the first time. The manufacturing site will cater to the export of transport aircraft as well as new orders from the IAF.

The C295 was initially manufactured by Construccionaes Aeronauticcas SA, a Spanish aircraft manufacturer that is now part of Airbus, and the aircraft is manufactured at the Airbus factory in Spain. In September 2021, India agreed to pay Rs 21,935 million to Airbus Defense and Space for 56 C295 aircraft to replace the IAF's aging Avro-748 aircraft, which entered service in the early 1960s.

Airbus will deliver the first 16 aircraft in flight condition from its final assembly line in Seville, Spain, within four years, while the remaining 40 aircraft will be built by Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) in India as part of the industrial cooperation between the two companies.

The IAF will receive the 16 flying aircraft between September 2023 and August 2025. The first made-in-India aircraft will be delivered in September 2026, with the remaining 39 to be completed by August 2031.

According to Airbus, the C295 operates in the Brazilian jungles and Colombian mountains of South America, the deserts of Algeria and Jordan in the Middle East, and the frigid climates of Poland and Finland in Europe. The aircraft also took part in combat operations in Chad, Iraq and Afghanistan.

As a tactical transport aircraft, the C295 can transport troops and logistical supplies from the nation's major airfields to forward operating airfields. It can also operate on small, unprepared airstrips thanks to its short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. According to Airbus, it can perform low-altitude operations for tactical missions from small airstrips as short as 2,200 feet long and at a reduced speed of 110 knots.

Additionally, the aircraft can be used for medical or casualty evacuations, special missions, disaster response and maritime patrol operations.