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Airbus Defence & Space officials recently visited India to explore potential partnerships for the supply chain of the Airbus A400M Atlas, a military cargo aircraft that is currently manufactured in Seville, Spain. The A400M Atlas is a strategic airlifter designed to perform a range of military and humanitarian operations, including the transportation of troops, equipment, and supplies. The aircraft has a maximum payload capacity of 37 tonnes and can carry a range of vehicles, including tanks and helicopters.

idrw has learned that A400M is an offer to India on the line of a C-295M Transporter Aircraft deal that is to be locally manufactured by the Tata Group in a joint venture with Airbus.

During their visit, officials from Airbus inspected Dynamatic Technologies Limited, an aero structure manufacturer based in Bangalore with clients such as Boeing and HAL. The company specializes in the design and manufacture of complex aerostructures for aircraft, including wing components, fuselage structures, and precision-machined assemblies.

According to reports, Airbus has offered the A400M Atlas to the Indian Air Force (IAF) along the lines of the C-295M Transporter Aircraft, which is set to be locally manufactured in a joint venture between the Tata Group and Airbus. The IAF issued a Request for Information (RFI) last year for 60-80 units of a medium transport aircraft to replace its ageing fleet of Soviet-era An-32 Transporters.

However, the A400M Atlas’s payload-carrying capabilities exceed the IAF’s requirements as outlined in their RFI. The A400M’s larger payload capacity and range make it a suitable option for long-range transportation and strategic airlift missions, while the C-295M is better suited for shorter-range missions.

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