Seville/New Delhi: The first C295 for the Indian Air Force has successfully completed its maiden flight, marking a significant milestone towards its delivery by the second half of 2023.
The tactical aircraft took off from Seville, Spain, on May 5 at 11.45 local time (GMT+1) and landed at 14.45 after three hours of flight, confirmed Airbus Defence and Space.
“This first flight represents a significant accomplishment for the first Make in India aerospace programme. With the Indian Air Force set to become the largest operator of the C295 in the world, this programme exemplifies our commitment to improve the Indian Air Force (IAF) operational capabilities,” said Head of Military Air Systems at Airbus Defence and Space, Jean-Brice Dumont.
India acquired 56 C295 aircraft in September 2021 to replace the (IAF) legacy AVRO fleet. The first 16 aircraft will be assembled in Seville, Spain, and delivered to the customer in “fly-away” condition. The following 40 aircraft will be manufactured and assembled by the Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) in India as part of an industrial partnership between the two companies.
Airbus said that this programme will significantly contribute to developing the country’s military industrial ecosystem from the manufacturing to assembly, testing, to delivery and maintenance of the complete lifecycle of the aircraft.
The C295 programme comprises a total of 280 orders from 39 operators, making it an unmatched aircraft in its weight and mission class
Here in Asia-Pacific, the C295 is operational in the service of the defence forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam .—shp/adj/aaa (Image: Airbus)