The Indian Air Force (IAF) has taken a significant step towards self-reliance by seeking Indian industrial partners to establish indigenous repair and overhaul facilities for its fleet of Western-origin transport aircraft. This move aims to reduce dependence on foreign entities and boost India’s domestic aerospace industry.
The project encompasses heavy maintenance and depot overhaul capabilities for airframes, mechanical, electro-mechanical, and avionics components, along with ground support equipment for four key aircraft types:
- Boeing C-17 Globemaster: Heavy-lift transport aircraft crucial for strategic airlift operations.
- Lockheed C-130J Super Hercules: Medium-lift transport aircraft used for both military and special operations.
- Boeing 777-300ER: Long-range business jet used for transporting VIPs and dignitaries.
- Boeing 737-700: Short-range business jet used for VIP transport and other missions.
The project encourages identifying common repair and overhaul lines with commercial operators to achieve economies of scale. Additionally, proposing new replacement systems requires obtaining airworthiness certifications and approvals for substitution products.
Only Indian industrial partners with proven experience and technical expertise will be eligible to participate. They will collaborate with the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to acquire necessary technology and quality approvals for repairs and overhauls.