India makes progress in acquiring 15 C295 maritime patrol aircraft

India is nearing the completion of the acquisition of a maritime patrol version of the Airbus C295 aircraft, with the Indian Defence Acquisition Council giving permission for the purchase.

On February 16, 2024, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved the acquisition of fifteen Airbus Defence C295 maritime aircraft. Pending approval from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), the potential order will include six Maritime Patrol Aircraft (C295MPA-W) for the Indian Navy and nine Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (C295MSA-W) for the Indian Coast Guard.

Upon contract signing, Airbus and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. will collaborate on the production of these aircraft within India.

It is noteworthy that the Indian Air Force previously signed a contract for 56 C295 transport aircraft. While the first 16 are being produced in Spain, the rest are scheduled for assembly at Tata’s facility in Vadodara, India.

The production of components for these aircraft has already begun at the Main Constituent Assembly (MCA) facility in Hyderabad, southern India. These components will then be transported to the Vadodara Final Assembly Line (FAL), which is expected to be operational by November 2024.

The first ‘Make in India’ C295 is projected to be rolled out of the Vadodara FAL by September 2026, representing a significant milestone for the Indian aerospace sector. The final aircraft is expected to be delivered to the Indian Air Force by August 2031.

With 283 orders from 41 operators worldwide, the C295 is the top choice in its category, known for its versatility. The aircraft can carry up to 71 troops or 50 paratroopers, conduct airdrop missions, facilitate medical evacuations, and operate from short and unpaved runways, making it a strong and adaptable platform for various missions.

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