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The Airbus C295 continues its reign as the leader in the medium tactical transport category, reaching a significant milestone of 300 orders with the recent acquisition by Kazakhstan. This new aircraft, procured by the National Security Committee Aviation Service, adds to their existing fleet of two C295s.

Dominating the market share with over 80% in its category, the C295 boasts an impressive operational footprint. 41 operators across 37 countries spanning Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia rely on the C295’s capabilities. Notably, 19 operators have placed repeat orders, highlighting the aircraft’s reliability and performance.

India emerges as the largest single customer for the C295, having placed an order for a total of 56 units. These aircraft will be delivered in a phased manner, with the first 16 being assembled at Airbus’ Seville facility in Spain. The remaining 40 will be assembled in India by Tata at a Final Assembly Line (FAL) currently under construction in Vadodara.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) received its first C295 in September 2023. Deliveries are progressing as planned, with the second aircraft scheduled for arrival in May 2024. The following 14 aircraft will be delivered at a steady pace of one per month until August 2025.

The Vadodara FAL signifies a crucial step towards self-reliance in India’s defense sector. This facility will be responsible for manufacturing the remaining 40 C295s for the IAF. The first “Make in India” C295 is expected to be rolled out in 2026.

With its impressive global presence, strong order book, and commitment to “Make in India,” the Airbus C295 is poised to remain a dominant force in the medium tactical transport category for years to come. This reliable and versatile aircraft equips nations like India with the capabilities they need to ensure a secure and modern future.