Airbus Defense and Space unveiled the first C295 military transport out of a total of 56 ordered by the Indian Air Force (IAF), in Getafe, Spain, on April 18.
The mass purchase agreement with India
The military aircraft purchase agreement was confirmed in September 2021 by New Delhi. The acquisition will be carried out in collaboration with Tata Advanced Systems, an Indian group tasked with assembling 40 of the C295 turboprops in India.
The delivery of the first aircraft to the FAI is scheduled for the second half of 2023.
Tata and production in India
Tata will be the first private Indian company to assemble aircraft in the country, breaking the tradition of only state-owned companies like Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) doing so.
The first 16 C295s will be manufactured by Airbus in Spain and delivered in 2025. These will feature electronic warfare avionics developed in India.
C295 Features and Functions
The FAI C295s are designed to carry 70 passengers or 50 fully equipped paratroopers. In addition, they will be able to carry out medical support and medical evacuation missions. These aircraft will replace the HAL-748, an Indian license-produced version of the UK’s Avro 748.
India evaluates Embraer C-390 Millennium.
India is also considering the Embraer C-390 Millennium for its Air Force. In March, the Indian government requested information on the C-390 Millennium from Embraer, with the possibility of acquiring between 60 and 80 units.
A possible deal for the C-390 could be modeled after purchasing the C295 from Airbus, involving Indian suppliers in the production of the plane or even setting up an additional production line in India.
Boost to the Indian aerospace industry.
The acquisition of the C295 and the possible purchase of the C-390 Millennium demonstrate India’s growing interest in strengthening its aerospace industry and increasing local production, involving private companies in the process.