NEW DELHI. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to begin contract negotiations for acquiring 56 Airbus C295 transport aircraft as replacement for its ageing Avro HS-748 aircraft.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa told India Strategic in an interview that due attention is being paid to all assets of the Air Force, fighters and transporters included, and that “contract negotiations for 56 x C295 aircraft to replace the ageing Avro fleet are likely to commence shortly.”
(Separately, official sources indicated that the Border Security Force, BSF, is also looking at four C295s as an initial order for movement of its troops within the country).
The Air Chief’s statement indicates that the process of acquiring the C295s is now on a firm track.
The aircraft is to be made in India by the Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL) in partnership with Airbus, and as per their announcement in 2014, once a contract is awarded, Airbus Defence and Space will supply the first 16 aircraft in ‘flyaway’ condition from its own final assembly line in Spain and the subsequent 40 aircraft will be manufactured and assembled by TASL.
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