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Airbus Defence & Space and Tata to supply India with 56 C295 military airlifters 1505154

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World Aviation Defense & Security Industry News - Airbus DS & Tata
 
 
Airbus Defence & Space and Tata to supply India with 56 C295 military airlifters
 
India’s defence acquisition council tonight, May 13, cleared a proposal by Airbus Defence & Space and its Indian partner, the Tata Group, to procure C295 military transport as a replacement for the Indian Air Force’s Avro fleet, for a total amount of 119.3 billion rupees ($1.87 billion). The Airbus-Tata team was the sole bidder to replace Indian Air Force’s (IAF) fleet of 56 Avro aircraft fleet with C295 military transport carrier.
     
India’s defence acquisition council tonight, May 13, cleared a proposal by Airbus Defence & Space and its Indian partner, the Tata Group, to procure C295 military transport as a replacement for the Indian Air Force’s Avro fleet, for a total amount of 119.3 billion rupees ($1.87 billion). The Airbus-Tata team was the sole bidder to replace Indian Air Force’s (IAF) fleet of 56 Avro aircraft fleet with C295 military transport carrier.
Airbus Defence & Space C295 tactical military airlifter
     
In May 2013, the Ministry had issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) to original equipment manufacturers including US firms Boeing and Lockheed Martin, European multinational Airbus Defense and Space, and Antonov of Ukraine among others.

They were required to tie-up with an Indian private company under which 40 aircraft will be produced here while 16 will be bought off-the-shelf.

However, only Airbus Defense and Space and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) consortium had bid for the proposal in October last year.

The Airbus Military C295 is a new generation, very robust and reliable, highly versatile tactical airlifter able to carry up to nine tonnes of payload or up to 71 personnel, at a maximum cruise speed of 260 kt /480 km/h. Fitted with a retractable landing gear and a pressurised cabin, it can cruise at altitudes up to 25,000 ft, while retaining remarkable short take-off & landing (STOL) performance from unprepared short, soft and rough airstrips, as well as low level flight characteristics.

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G turboprop engines, the C295 provides an excellent manoeuvrability, outstanding hot and high performance, low fuel consumption and consequently a very long endurance of up to eleven hours in the air.