India is set to sign a $2.5 billion contract with Airbus Defence and Space for the procurement of 56 Airbus C295 tactical transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
According to reports, the procurement plan is at financial approval stage and the contract will likely be concluded in the next few months.
The IAF is procuring C295s to replace its fleet of aging Avro 748M transport aircraft. The Request For Proposal (RFP) for the Avro 748M replacement was issued to global firms in May 2013 and the sole bid by Airbus and Tata with the C295 was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) in May 2015.
Airbus has formed a joint venture with India’s Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) for the program. According to the procurement plan, 16 C295s will be directly imported from Airbus facility in Europe while the remaining 40 will be locally assembled/license-built in India at the JV facility.
EADS CASA C-295/ Airbus C295
The EADS CASA C-295, now designated Airbus C295, is a twin-turboprop tactical military transport aircraft currently manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space.
The aircraft is a development of the Spanish–Indonesian transport aircraft CASA/IPTN CN-235, but with a stretched fuselage, 50% more payload capability and new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G turboprop engines.
The C295 conducts multi-role operations worldwide under all weather conditions. It is fully certified and routinely operates day and night in combat missions in all weather extremes, from desert to maritime environments, from extremely hot to extremely cold temperatures.
With the new C295W version equipped with winglets, the aircraft is capable of transporting more payload over larger distances in the hot and high conditions, resulting in fuel consumption savings of around 4% and increased safety margins in mountainous regions.
Previously produced by Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (CASA, a Spanish aircraft manufacturer that is now part of Airbus Defence and Space), the C295’s production takes place at Airbus’ facility in Spain.
The C295 is currently in service with the armed forces of more than 15 countries.