Taking a big step to increase the infrastructural strength of the Air Force, the government has decided to procure 56 transport aircraft.The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the proposal to purchase modern C-295MW transport aircraft.These were purchased by Airbus Defense & Space S.A.from Spain.Capable of carrying five to 10 tonnes, these aircraft will replace the now very old Avro aircraft in the Indian Air Force.
The purchase of these aircraft is an important defense deal to enhance the transport capability of the Air Force.The special feature of the C-295MW aircraft is that it has a ramp door at the rear which is fully suited for rapid para-dropping of troops or goods.Within 48 months of the agreement, 16 aircraft will be brought in fully-ready-to-fly positions from Spain.At the same time, 40 remaining aircraft will be manufactured by the Tata consortium indigenously within 10 years to strengthen the self-reliant India campaign.
All these aircraft will be equipped with indigenously built Electronic Warfare Suite.The government believes that indigenous manufacturing of 40 aircraft will give a boost to the aerospace manufacturing eco-system in India as many companies from the MSME sector will be involved in manufacturing components for these aircraft.India's private sector, in particular, will get an opportunity to enter the technically highly competitive aviation industry.The flip side of this will also be that increasing domestic aviation manufacturing will reduce excessive dependence on imports and boost exports.
According to government estimates, India's manufacturing of the C-295MW aircraft will create jobs and employment opportunities both directly and indirectly in the aviation sector.In this, while 600 highly skilled direct jobs will be created, about 3,000 indirect jobs will be created.Under the agreement, before the supply of 16 C-295MW aircraft starts, their servicing facility will also have to be started in India.
At the same time, according to the report of news agency PTI, the Indian Air Force is considering the purchase of about 350 aircraft in the next two decades.Giving this information on Wednesday, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said that considering the northern neighbor (China), we should have top-class technologies.Not only this, due to security reasons, weapons through these technologies should also be made in the country by our own industry.
The IAF chief also talked about the need for building contrasting capabilities to further strengthen the strength of the Indian Air Force in view of the challenges being faced by China at a conference on the Indian aerospace sector.Emphasizing on self-reliance in the defense sector, the Air Chief said that the Indian Air Force is looking at buying 350 indigenously manufactured aircraft in the next two decades.The Tejas Light Combat Aircraft project has instilled confidence in the aerospace industry.It has the potential to develop further.