In a major growth to ‘Make in India’ and domestic aviation manufacturing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of a transport aircraft manufacturing project for the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Vadodara, Gujarat on October 30.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh, Minister of Civil Aviation Shri Jyotiraditya M Scindia, and Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel are among those who will attend the function.
C-295 transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force will be manufactured by Tata-Airbus at Vadodara in Gujarat, the foundation stone of which will be laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 30, stated Defence Ministry officials.
Apart from making 40 aircraft, this facility at Vadodara in Gujrat would be manufacturing additional aircraft for Air Force requirements and exports, as per Defence Secretary Aramane Giridhar. IAF officials said the 1st Indian Air Force squadron of C-295 transport aircraft would also be based in Vadodara.
According to Defence Ministry officials, 96 percent of the work that Airbus does in its facility in Spain would be done in the Indian facility and the electronic warfare suite for the aircraft would be done by public sector Bharat Electronics (BEL).
Noting that this would be having 1 of the highest indigenous content, the defense officials added that the aircraft built in India would be supplied from 2026 to 2031 and the 1st 16 aircraft will come between 2023 to 2025.
Indian Air Force
Defense Secretary Aramane Giridhar told there is no prohibition on imports. “The policy is that whatever can be built in India would be built here. There’s an aggressive push to promote make-in-India items for Defence Forces. Operational preparedness isn’t compromised and operational readiness is at forefront of our minds,” he said.
India has signed the agreement for this project as per the defense procurement procedure 2011 under which the tender for the project was issued. The agreement was signed on September 24 in the defense ministry between India and Airbus. Airbus has signed a contract with Tata as its production partner in India.
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On September 8 last year, Cabinet Committee on Security approved the procurement of fifty-six C-295MW transport aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space S.A., Spain for the Indian Air Force.
C-295MW aircraft is a transport aircraft of 5-10 Tonne capacity with contemporary technology that will replace the aging Avro aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
The aircraft has a rear ramp door for quick reaction and para dropping of troops and cargo. Earlier, after the agreement was signed between the Defence Ministry and Airbus of Spain, the partner companies declared that the over Rs 15,000 crore agreement would help in the creation of 15,000 direct and 10,000 direct jobs in the high-skill sector.
Tata Advanced System Limited Head Sukaran Singh stated
“We have looked at many locations and the process is still going on. We are yet to finalize the location. There are multiple stakeholders in the project and all aspects have to be looked into. We are hoping it would be done soon,” Tata Advanced System Limited Head Sukaran Singh said.
He had also said the project was 1 of the last projects on which the former Tata group chairman had worked. Tata Advanced System Limited Head Sukaran Singh stated said he was sure that from the fifth year of the project, the Tata group would have learned significantly about aircraft manufacturing.
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