The Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) has given TATA Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) permission to produce detailed parts and sub-assemblies for Airbus Defence and Space at multiple locations in India, marking a major advancement in the country’s aerospace capabilities.
Michael Schoellhorn, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, and Masood Hussainy, Head of Aerostructures and Aeroengines at TASL, received the official certificate of approval from Sanjay Chawla, Director General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance, at the C295 Main Components Assembly facility in Hyderabad.
This partnership represents a significant advancement for the aviation industry as it will allow India to produce all of the Airbus C295’s intricate parts under strict quality control.
This partnership began in September 2021 when India formally announced its intention to purchase 56 Airbus C295 aircraft. The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) ageing AVRO fleet is supposed to be replaced by these aircraft. Following the terms of the deal, Airbus will send the first 16 aircraft from its final assembly line in Seville, Spain, in “fly-away” condition. TASL will build and assemble the remaining 40 aircraft in India, establishing an important industrial collaboration between the two companies.
When the Indian Air Force acquired the first C295 aircraft in September 2023, the project reached its first milestone. This was a major turning point in India’s aerospace industry’s journey towards self-reliance, as well as the beginning of cooperation.
A strong and independent aerospace ecosystem in India is being facilitated by the DGAQA’s approval, which highlights the company’s commitment to high-quality standards and its faith in TASL’s abilities. In addition to enhancing India’s defence capabilities, this partnership establishes India as a major force in the world aerospace market.