New Delhi’s Defence Acquisition Council gave its approval to a proposed 56-aircraft order for the Indian air force in May 2015. The programme’s first 16 aircraft will undergo final assembly by Airbus in Seville, Spain, with the remainder to be built by in-country partner Tata Advanced Systems.
“The Avro contract is super-important for India and us as well,” Airbus Defence & Space chief executive Dirk Hoke said at the company’s Manching site in Germany in early November. “It is a real ‘Make in India’ project,” he adds, noting: “there will be no difference between the aircraft built in Europe and India.”
Hoke believes the Indian air force’s requirement for the C295 could eventually grow to “at least 150 and beyond”, in addition to the prospect of exports being made from India. Read More