Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a C-295 military transport aircraft manufacturing plant in Vadodara, Gujarat on October 30, 2022. ANI
Vadodar: On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a factory to manufacture C-295 military transport aircraft worth Rs 22,000 crore in Vadodara, Gujarat.
“India with the ‘Make in India, make for the globe’ approach further strengthens its strength,” the Prime Minister said at the launch event.
Prime Minister Modi was congratulated and received a souvenir from Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran at the event.
The Indian Air Force’s C-295 transport plane will be manufactured by Tata-Airbus, Defense Ministry officials said.
Apart from manufacturing 40 planes, this Vadodara facility would manufacture additional planes for Air Force requirements and exports, according to Defense Secretary Aramane Giridhar.
Speaking on the occasion, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Today, for the first time in the country, the foundation stone for an aircraft manufacturing plant is being laid by the private sector. It is certainly a matter of pride for the defense sector as well as for the country as a whole.
“This is not just a foundation stone, but a milestone in the defense sector’s ‘Atmanirbharta’ journey. The C-295 aircraft manufactured at this facility will be state-of-the-art aircraft with superior capabilities and world standards. This will significantly improve the logistics capability of the Indian Air Force,” Singh added.
India among 12 countries manufacturing C-295 aircraft
With the launch of the C-295 aircraft manufacturing plant, India will enter an illustrious league of only a dozen nations with the capability to manufacture military transport aircraft. -Currently USA, Japan, UK, Russia, France, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Brazil, China and Japan have this capability.
The Tata-Airbus combination had said that the manufacturing of the C-295 is “the first Made in India aerospace program in the private sector involving the comprehensive development of a comprehensive industrial ecosystem; from manufacturing to assembly, testing and qualification, to delivery and maintenance of the full life cycle of the aircraft.
Under the terms of the agreement, 16 C-295 aircraft are expected to be delivered between September 2023 and August 2025 in airworthy condition, while the remaining 40 aircraft will be manufactured at the Vadodara plant.
In another first, “indigenous content in aircraft will be the highest ever in India, and 96% of the work done by Airbus in Spain will now be done in the new plant.”
The Ministry of Defense said that this project “offers a unique opportunity for the Indian private sector to enter the technology-intensive and highly competitive aviation industry. to imports and the expected increase in exports.
Military transport aircraft industry expected to reach $45 billion by 2030
In addition, 13,400 parts, 4,600 sub-assemblies and all major component assemblies will be manufactured by 25 national MSME suppliers across seven states. All of these 56 aircraft will be equipped with an indigenous electronic warfare suite developed by Bharat Electronics Ltd and Bharat Dynamics Limited.
According to the Allied Market Research report, the military transport aircraft industry is expected to reach $45 billion by 2030. The Tata-Airbus facility is expected to complete its IAF commitment with 203 products and also begin exporting its products to other countries. ‘other countries.
Since the military transport aircraft industry is a much more robust and technologically advanced machine than a commercial airliner, the manufacture of C295 will open up prospects for the development of domestic commercial aircraft manufacturing. Indian airlines are one of the biggest buyers of commercial jets with a steadily expanding order book of 1,100 planes since 2011.
The demand for commercial aircraft coupled with the C-295 aircraft manufacturing plant and associated supply chain will create the necessary ecosystem to support the development of the commercial aircraft manufacturing industry in India.
The Vadodara facility will initially be designed to manufacture 8 aircraft per year, but it has been designed in such a way that it can also meet the additional requirements of the Indian armed forces or exports.
According to the Ministry of Defence, after the delivery of 56 aircraft to IAS, the combine will be allowed to sell Indian-built C-295 aircraft to civilian operators and government-authorized countries. It is believed that the Vadodara facility will replicate Brahmos’ success in missile exports.
Big boost for Make in India: India has embarked on a massive transformation of its defense sector thanks to the Modi government’s ambitious Make in India program. Several domestic manufacturing projects of various defense platforms such as missiles, field guns, tanks, aircraft carriers, drones, combat aircraft, tanks and helicopters are currently underway and meet the defense modernization needs of the Indian Armed Forces.
However, the military transport aircraft was one of the critical missing links in the entire chain of the defense industrial complex. The joint venture between Tata and Airbus has filled this missing piece and will significantly boost Narendra Modi government’s Make in India programme. The Indian Armed Forces will no longer have to rely on older 1960 generation Avro aircraft for their transportation needs.
With ANI inputs
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