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India will be placing orders for 15 more C-295 transport aircraft for the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard that will be fitted with special sensors and will be classified as multi-mission maritime aircraft (MMMA). Indian Navy will procure 9 and the Indian Coast Guard will get 6 MMMA aircraft that will be modified to carry Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar (AESAR)” technology and other sensors to play a key role in sea surveillance of surface ships and boats.

India already has placed orders for 56 C-295 transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force as a replacement for the aging Avro fleet. C-295 will be manufactured at the Tata-Airbus facility in Vadodara.

IAF is also considering placing more orders for C-295 transport aircraft as a replacement for Soviet-era An-32 Transport aircraft that could take final orders for the locally manufactured C-295 to close to 150 units by the turn of this decade.

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