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Indian Air Force receives First C-295 Transport Plane


  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received its first C-295 transport plane during a ceremony in Spain's Seville.
  • The aircraft is capable of special missions, disaster response, and maritime patrol duties.
  • With this, IAF is set to become the largest operator of C-295 aircraft.
  • This achievement aligns with the government's "Make in India" initiative and contributes to strengthening the country' defense industrial airbase.


  • The initial order counts up to 56 aircrafts by IAF, while additional orders from Coast Guard, Home Ministry and in future Indian Navy also, will increase the numbers beyond 56.
  • The aircraft has been made for India by global aircraft manufacturer Airbus at its facility in Seville.
  • The delivery of first aircraft took place 10 days ahead of its fixed schedule.
  • The first 16 aircrafts will be manufactured in Spain, while the other 40 will be produced by a joint venture of Tata and Airbus in their facility at Vadodara, Gujarat.
  • It will be the first military aircraft to be manufactured in India by a private consortium.
  • Th foundation stone of the facility was laid in October last year.
  • The 15 remaining aircraft which are to be built in Spain, will be delivered by the end of 2024.
  • The other 40 aircrafts being built in India will be delivered by 2031, in which the first one is likely to come out in September, 2026.
  • The C-295 aircrafts will mark a major change in IAF's strategy, it will boost tactical airlift capability along the border with China, also other places like Andaman & Nicobar Archipelago.

Key feature of C-295 transport plane:

  • It is a transport aircraft of 5-10 tonne capacity.
  • It can carry as many as 71 troops and 49 para-troopers at a maximum cruise speed of 260 knots.
  • It is designed to provide low level flight characteristics for tactical missions.
  • The C-295 will have rear ramp-doors for quick reaction and para-dropping of troops and cargo.
  • All 56 aircrafts will be installed with an indigenous Electronic Warfare Suite that has been made by Bharat Electronics Ltd. and Bharat Dynamics Ltd.
  • The C-295 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G turboprop engines.
  • On medical evacuations missions, the C-295 can be fitted with 24 stretchers and seven medical attendants.
  • The aircraft is expected to be inducted formally into service at a ceremony in Hindon at the end of September.

Source - Times of India

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