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The Indian Air Force (IAF) has taken delivery of the third of 56 Airbus C295 aircraft, marking a significant step forward in its program to modernize its transport fleet. This aircraft, delivered on May 28th, joins the two previously received C295s and paves the way for the complete replacement of the aging Avro-748 fleet.

The C295 acquisition signifies a powerful example of cross-cultural collaboration. Airbus Defence and Space, the manufacturer of the C295, and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) have joined forces to establish a pioneering “Make in India” aerospace partnership. This program ensures not only the delivery of these vital transport aircraft but also fosters domestic production capabilities.

Under the agreement, the first 16 C295s will be produced at Airbus facilities in Seville, Spain. However, the remaining 40 aircraft will be manufactured in India by TASL at a Final Assembly Line (FAL) established in Vadodara, Gujarat. This initiative not only strengthens India’s self-reliance in the defense sector but also creates skilled jobs and boosts the domestic aerospace industry.

The Airbus C295 is a modern twin-turboprop transport aircraft offering superior capabilities compared to the Avro-748. It features advanced technology, enabling the IAF to perform critical missions like rapid troop deployment, paradropping of supplies, and efficient cargo transportation.