Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar announced today that a manufacturing facility for the Airbus C295 transport aircraft will be built in Vadodara, Gujarat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the foundation-laying ceremony for the setting of the facility on October 30, according to officials.
“For the first time, the C-295 aircraft will be manufactured outside of Europe,” Kumar said.
In September of last year, India and Airbus Defence and Space agreed to a nearly Rs.21,000 crore deal for 56 C-295 transport planes to replace the IAF’s outdated Avro-748 aircraft. This project involves the first-ever production of military aircraft in India by a commercial company.
In accordance with the contract, Airbus will deliver the first 16 aircraft in “fly-away” condition from its final assembly line in Seville, Spain, within four years. Tata Advanced Systems (TASL), an industrial partner of the two corporations, will build and assemble the other 40 aircraft.
The Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) granted the ambitious programme regulatory certification last week.