Tuesday, May 09, 2023

1st Airbus C295 for India successfully completes its maiden flight

The first C295 for India has successfully completed its maiden flight, marking a significant milestone towards its delivery by the second half of 2023. The tactical aircraft took off from Seville, Spain, on May 5 at 11.45 am local time (GMT+1) and landed at 2.45 pm after three hours of flight.  

"This first flight represents a significant accomplishment for the first Make in India aerospace programme. With the Indian Air Force set to become the largest operator of the C295 in the world, this programme exemplifies our commitment to improving the Indian Air Force (IAF) operational capabilities," said Head of Military Air Systems Jean-Brice Dumont at Airbus Defence and Space. 

India acquired 56 C295 aircraft in September 2021 to replace the (IAF) legacy AVRO fleet, claimed sources. 

The first 16 aircraft will be assembled in Seville, Spain, and delivered to the customer in 'fly-away' condition. The following 40 aircraft will be manufactured and assembled by Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL) in India as part of an industrial partnership between the two companies.  

08/05/2023 Manjeet Negi/MSN.com

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