Procurement of 56 C295 Transport Aircraft for the IAF

Issue: 09-2021

The CCS approved the procurement of 56 C295MW transport aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space, Spain for the IAF on September 8, 2021. The C295MW is a transport aircraft of 5-10 tonne capacity with contemporary technology that will replace the ageing Avro aircraft of the IAF. The aircraft has a rear ramp door for para dropping of troops and cargo. Sixteen aircraft will be delivered in flyaway condition from Spain within 48 months of signing of the contract and forty aircraft will be manufactured in India by TATA Consortium within ten years of signing of the contract. This is the first project of its kind in which a military aircraft will be manufactured in India by a private company. All fifty six aircraft will be installed with indigenous Electronic Warfare Suite. The project will give a boost to aerospace ecosystem in India wherein several Indian MSMEs will be involved in manufacturing of parts of the aircraft. Before completion of deliveries, ‘D’ Level servicing facility (MRO) for C295MW aircraft will be setup in India. It is expected that this facility will act as a regional MRO hub for various variants of C295 aircraft. This is a major boost to Atamnirbhar Bharat.