India has formalised the acquisition of 56 Airbus C295 aircraft to replace the Indian Air Force legacy AVRO fleet.

Under the contractual agreement, Airbus will deliver the first 16 aircraft in ‘fly-away’ condition from its final assembly line in Seville, Spain.

The subsequent 40 aircraft will be manufactured and assembled by the Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) in India as part of an industrial partnership between the two companies.

“This contract will support the further development of India’s aerospace ecosystem, bringing investment and 15,000 skilled direct jobs and 10,000 indirect positions over the coming 10 years,” said Michael Schoellhorn, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space.

“The C295 has proven again as the segment leader, and with the addition of India as a new operator, the type will enlarge its footprint even more, not only on the operational aspects but on its own industrial and technological development.”

The first 16 aircraft will be delivered over four years after the contract implementation. All the IAF C295s will be handed over in transport configuration and equipped with an indigenous Electronic Warfare Suite.

Sukaran Singh, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tata Advanced Systems Limited, said:

“This is a moment of pride for Tatas and a milestone for the Indian military manufacturing ecosystem. For the first time, an Indian private company will be wholly manufacturing an aircraft in India. This endeavour demonstrates Tata Advanced Systems’ capabilities as a defence manufacturer to build globally competitive complex platforms in India.”

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Ian M
Ian M
16 days ago

What can go wrong?

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
16 days ago
Reply to  Ian M

Everything?

Anything?

I suppose the difference is that India still have an old style ‘Biggles’ approach to military aviation safety – so even if the indigenous bits don’t integrate properly then it will be alright-on-the-night.

Ian M
Ian M
16 days ago

How long do you think before the bribery investigation starts?

Reaper
Reaper
16 days ago

56! Puts our numbers to Shame. Could the RAF do with some of these??

Johan
Johan
16 days ago
Reply to  Reaper

too small if the RAF saying HERCS are now too small for air transport, its a strange order, Royal Jordain just returned there’s for being to small. RAF unless there delivering fuel bladders to Tesco forecourts they are worthless. smells of a backhand contract

Douglas Newell
Douglas Newell
16 days ago
Reply to  Johan

The Indians have a huge mountainous frontier, I imagine this aircraft would be useful to move small groups of lightly equipped troops around that huge region.

DMJ
16 days ago
Reply to  Douglas Newell

Agree, especially as India has to deal with assorted territorial claims along both the Chinese and Pakistani borders.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
16 days ago
Reply to  Reaper

Nope. Unless they were a squadrons worth unmarked and used by SIS and SF for clandestine roles using small teams. In which case there are plenty charters available.

Their cargo capacity must be limited compared to Atlas Herc C17!

Klonkie
Klonkie
16 days ago

This is true 8 or 9 tons max payload, but better short field performance which is important in India , particularly the frontier region. I’m surprised the IAF did not order more c130j though – 12 seems light.

Klonkie
Klonkie
16 days ago
Reply to  Reaper

It would be better to retain the c130 , even a dozen would be of value

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
16 days ago
Reply to  Klonkie

Agreed. Worst cut of ISR 2020 for me, and totally flying against the spin from MoD CDS CGS about a more agile, rapidly deployed and forward deployed military.

Reaper
Reaper
16 days ago

And we have lots of light Elite units in our Military that need just that kind of Tactical plane. I really hope the decisions reversed somehow. Heck, scrap something else if we have to…but 14 isnt exactly going to break the bank now is it…

Reaper
Reaper
16 days ago
Reply to  Klonkie

Yeah I agree, let’s hope the decision is reversed..but we still have two A400 to be delivered to RAF and 4 cut from order I think. I hope they don’t think those two new ones once delivered make up for the 14 c130js we have left being sold off cheap as usual… Anyone know how many Hercs we did have and how many we sold or scrapped or have stored? I think 4 shorter older versions went to Bangladesh and We lost a j version in a SF mission and replaced it with one of our shorter versions I think.… Read more »

Lusty
Lusty
15 days ago
Reply to  Reaper

Re. Hercs – I might be able to help. 66 CMk 1 aircraft were ordered initially, way back in the day. 13 were withdrawn as part of cuts around 1975. These were young airframes, as the first flight with the RAF was in 1966. 30 were converted to C.Mk3 standard from the late 1970s onwards. 6 were converted to tankers to help support operations in the aftermath of the Falklands War. 29 C.Mk1/3 aircraft remained in service, with the number gradually falling due to accidents or airframes being retired. This continued until their final retirement in 2013. 25 airframes were… Read more »

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Klonkie
Klonkie
15 days ago
Reply to  Lusty

excellent summary Lusty – really interesting, thank you!
I hoped the MOD would keep half the C13OJ fleet, which I seem to recall was recommend in the 2015 review – real shame.

Lusty
Lusty
1 hour ago
Reply to  Klonkie

Thanks! It’s a shame indeed (late reply I know).

klonkie
klonkie
1 hour ago
Reply to  Lusty

cheers Mate. keep up the good work!

OldSchool
OldSchool
16 days ago

End of an era in IAF it seems as the C295 replaces the HS 748 – the last Avro aircraft produced. At least they kept them running for decades. Bit like the B25 Liberator I saw in Delhi – operated until 1968. Think Uk was using Victors and Vulcans by then 😫.

Reaper
Reaper
16 days ago
Reply to  OldSchool

Shame Hawker Sidley couldn’t be started back up and Planes designed and made in the UK again, it’s crazy how the UK has the 4th largest Aero industry but doesn’t really build any whole planes, we build wings, engines, landing gear, cockpit controls, almost everything we need to build planes…

David
David
16 days ago

It amazes me just where India gets all the money for defence projects such as this… and to think that until very recently, we were giving them foreign aid!

Admittedly, they are non too chummy with the Chinese on one side and there has been the odd punch up between the two recently (which if reports are accurate, the Indians came off worse) and Pakistan on the other side – again, non too chummy and non too impressive results in their recent skirmishes…

Reaper
Reaper
16 days ago
Reply to  David

We still give iNDIA hundreds of millions, not just UK government but UK charity’s, India has tens of millions of homeless starving children who dont go to school ect..

But indians say indias a modern first world country yeah right…

Reaper
Reaper
16 days ago
Reply to  David

India try’s so hard to look good and strong and show the world its a modern country, they try to show off because it wants to be taken seriously. But no one really takes India seriously. When they have tens of millions starving homeless children alone on the streets…

Daveyb
Daveyb
15 days ago
Reply to  Reaper

Have you ever been on one of their dual carriageways in a taxi. Rather be shot at by the Taliban!

Klonkie
Klonkie
15 days ago
Reply to  Daveyb

had a similar experience in Thailand. 110km in a 50 km zone!
White knuckles and much perspiring (and it ain’t the humidity).
Wife on the cusp of being sick .Great start to our holiday!

Mikem
Mikem
15 days ago

Canada just bought 16 of them for SAR and equipped with the WESCAM EO/IR and will operate with 2 sensor operators. Renamed the Kingfisher