The Government of India has opted, after six years of study, for the offer made by the consortium signed by the European Airbus-Defense and the Indian Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) for the purchase of 56 units of the transport aircraft tactical C-295, worth about 2,500 million dollars, according to various specialized media. However, the contract is still pending signature. Currently, the file is in the financial approval phase according to sources from the Ministry of Defense, cited in the information. The new units are intended to replace the obsolete Indian Air Force Avro-748 fleet.
The C-295 plane gives workload to the Sevillian Airbus factory and the Airbus Military center in El Puerto de Santa María (Cadiz), in charge of manufacturing sheet metal parts for the model. The negotiated contract specifies that Airbus will supply the first 16 aircraft in flight conditions. The rest, 40 units, would be assembled on TASL’s assembly lines. This management model has been valued by the Indian government, committed to the initiative. ‘Make-in-India’, which aims to strengthen the national high capacity industry.