Indian AirForce to get 56 medium-lift military transport aircraft from Airbus. The Indian Air Force may soon get medium-lift military transport aircraft. According to the Ministry of Defense, negotiations are on with 56 Air -bus, a major aviation company in Europe, on 56 C-295 military transport aircraft and the proposal is currently with the CFA of the Ministry of Defense, i.e Controller of Finance Accountants. Airbus may enter into an agreement with any Indian company for this deal.
According to the Ministry of Defense, out of these 56 C-295 aircraft, 40 will be manufactured in India for which Airbus can tie up with any private private company. This will be the first such deal in which the private company will participate on such a large scale that will give a boost to the defense industry. According to the latest defense ministry report, the proposal is currently at the ‘CFA’ level and the agreement will be signed in the near future. However, since 2015, the Ministry of Defense has been negotiating the deal.
Indian AirForce to get 56 medium-lift military transport
The C-295 aircraft can carry a payload of about 6 tons and can fly for about 11 hours. According to the Airbus company, the C295 aircraft is capable of carrying 71 soldiers or 50 paratroopers simultaneously on the battlefield.
The medium-lift weight Avro aircraft currently owned by the Indian Air Force are quite old. This is the reason why the Indian Air Force has to use the heavy-lift aircraft, the C130J Super Hercules, for para-jump. Like the Avro, the C295 is a two-engine turboprop aircraft. As a replacement for these Avro aircrafts, the Indian Air Force is willing to buy C295 aircraft of Airbus.
During the Defense Expo last year, Airbus had informed that if this agreement is reached, then the C-295 aircraft will be manufactured in India with the Tata company. In addition to the Air Force’s 56 aircraft, 06 aircraft will also be taken for the Indian Coastguard.