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IAF receives and inducts first Airbus C295 into service!

Airbus Defence and Space achieved a significant milestone by delivering the first of 56 C295 transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF). This delivery is part of a massive project valued at approximately ₹21,935 crore, aimed at modernizing India's air assets and enhancing its military transport capabilities.

Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, the Chief of Air Staff, formally accepted the aircraft at Airbus's production facility in Seville, Spain. Under the agreement, Airbus will provide the first 16 aircraft in a "fly-away" condition directly from its Seville assembly line by 2025. The remaining 40 aircraft will be manufactured and assembled in India as part of an industrial collaboration with Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL).

The C295 aircraft will replace the aging Avro-748 planes, which have been in service with the IAF for over six decades. These versatile aircraft are capable of various missions, including troop transport, paratrooper drops, logistics, airdrops, casualty evacuation, special missions, disaster response, and maritime patrol duties. This acquisition is a significant step forward in India's efforts to modernize its air fleet and bolster its national defense capabilities.

Furthermore, this project aligns with India's strategy to encourage indigenous production through partnerships with global aerospace leaders, ensuring the country's self-sufficiency in defense manufacturing.

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