Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the groundwork for the C-295 aircraft manufacturing plant in Vadodara, Gujarat. The joint venture of Airbus and Tata Advanced Systems Limited will manufacture 40 C-295 military transport planes at the plant under a Rs 22,000 crore deal to supply 56 of the planes. Airbus will supply the Rest 16 aircraft directly from Spain.
While laying the groundwork for the assembly plant, Prime Minister Modi said the Vadodara aircraft manufacturing plant represents India’s giant leap towards self-sufficiency in aviation. He said India will be a major hub for the maintenance of large aircraft, both passenger planes and cargo planes.
He said: “The transport aircraft that will be manufactured here will not only power our military but also develop a new ecosystem of aircraft manufacturing…Soon India will see the passenger aircraft that will be manufactured with the label of ‘Made in India'”.
The Indian-built aircraft would be delivered between September 2023 and August 2025, with the first 16 flying aircraft to be delivered to the IAF between September 2023 and August 2025.
In September last year, India agreed to pay Airbus Defense and Space Rs. 21,935 crores for 56 C-295 jets to replace the IAF’s aging Avro-748 jets, which entered service at the start of the 1960s.
Under the terms of the agreement, Airbus will deliver the first 16 aircraft in fly-away condition from its final assembly line in Seville, Spain, within four years, and the remaining 40 aircraft will be manufactured and assembled. in India by Tata Advanced Systems. (TASL) within the framework of the industrial partnership of the two companies.
With more than 42.5 lakh man-hours of work in the aerospace and defense sector, the project is expected to directly generate 600 high-skilled jobs, more than 3,000 indirect jobs and another 3,000 medium-skilled jobs o
N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, said: “With the establishment of the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Vadodara, the Tata Group will now be able to take aluminum ingots from one end of the value and turn it into an Airbus. C295 aircraft for the Indian Air Force. This is a historic moment not only for the Tata Group but for the country as it embraces the Honorable Prime Minister’s vision to be truly ‘Atmanirbhar’.
The C295 is used for tactical transport of up to 71 troops or 50 paratroopers, as well as for logistics operations to locations inaccessible to today’s heavier aircraft. It is capable of dropping paratroopers and loads, as well as evacuating casualties or medical evacuations. The aircraft can perform special missions such as disaster response and maritime patrol.