TATA Advanced Systems, a subsidiary of the TATA Group, has announced plans to manufacture the C-295 aircraft in India. The company will be setting up a manufacturing plant in Gujarat, in partnership with Airbus Defence and Space. The company will be responsible for the manufacture of the aircraft's fuselage, tail, and wing structures, as well as the final assembly of the aircraft. The Gujarat facility will become the second manufacturing location for this aircraft outside of Europe. The partnership between TATA Advanced Systems and Airbus Defence and Space is a significant development for the Indian aerospace industry. The C-295 aircraft is a complex and sophisticated aircraft, and the partnership will provide Indian engineers and technicians with the opportunity to gain valuable experience and expertise in the manufacturing of advanced aerospace systems. In addition to manufacturing the C-295 aircraft, TATA Advanced Systems and Airbus Defence and Space will also be working together to develop a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility for the aircraft in India. This will provide further opportunities for Indian engineers and technicians to gain experience and expertise in the maintenance and repair of advanced aerospace systems.
The C-295 is a twin-turboprop, medium-sized transport aircraft. It has been in production since 1996 and has been used by a number of countries around the world, including Canada, Chile, and Poland. The versatile aircraft can be used for a wide range of military and civilian applications, including transport, maritime patrol, search and rescue, and other special missions. This makes it a suitable replacement for the Avro fleet, which is primarily used for transport and other similar missions. Another advantage of the C-295 is its cost-effectiveness. The aircraft has been used by a number of countries around the world, which has proven its cost-effectiveness. The ability to manufacture and maintain the aircraft in India will provide significant cost savings for the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy, making it a more cost-effective option than the Avro fleet. Finally, the capacity of the C-295 aircraft is a significant advantage. The aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of 23.5 metric tons and can carry up to 71 passengers or 9.5 metric tons of cargo. This makes it more capable than the Avro fleet, which can only carry a limited number of passengers or cargo.