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First Airbus C295 for India successfully completes its maiden flight

First Airbus C295 for India successfully completes its maiden flight

The first C295 aircraft for India has successfully completed its inaugural flight, marking a significant achievement towards its delivery in the latter half of 2023. The tactical plane (used by Indian Air Force) took off from Seville, Spain, at 11:45 am local time on May 5th, landing three hours afterward at 2:45 pm.

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First Airbus C295 for India successfully completes its maiden flight: Key Points

  • Airbus Defence & Space Head of Military Air Systems, Jean-Brice Dumont, expressed his satisfaction, recognizing the achievement as a fundamental stride for the initial Make in India aerospace plan.
  • With the Indian Air Force poised to become the largest user of the C295 globally, Dumont believes this program exemplifies their dedication to enhancing the IAF’s operational capability.
  • In September 2021, India obtained 56 C295 aircraft to succeed the legacy AVRO fleet.
  • The initial 16 planes will be constructed in Seville, Spain, and transported in a ‘fly-away’ state, while the extra 40 planes will be put together and assembled by Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL) in India as part of a collaborative industrial scheme.

The construction of the C295 Final Assembly Line in Gujarat marks the first concrete and more extensive private sector Make-in-India defense program, contributing significantly to the indigenous abilities of Indian businesses towards an autonomous India. The global C295 initiative now incorporates a total of 280 orders from 39 operators, making it an unrivaled plane in its weight and mission classification.

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