Airbus Defence and Space and Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) have submitted a joint bid in India’s Light Transport Competition to replace the Indian Air Force´s fleet of Hawker Siddeley 748 aircraft with the Airbus C295 medium transport. Meanwhile, Mexico ordered two more C295s on Wednesday 29 October 2014.
The teaming follows a detailed industrial assessment and stringent evaluation of the Indian private aerospace sector by Airbus Defence and Space, which concluded with the selection of Tata Advanced Systems as the Indian Production Agency (IPA) exclusive partner for this prestigious programme.
A total of 56 Avro aircraft – licence-produced in the sixties by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) – are to be replaced. In the event of contract award, Airbus Defence and Space will supply the first 16 aircraft in ‘fly-away’ condition from its own final assembly line. The subsequent 40 aircraft will be manufactured and assembled by Tata Advanced Systems in India. This will include undertaking structural assembly, final aircraft assembly, systems integration and testing, and management of the indigenous supply chain.
The Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan – which just won an order from Slovakia – is named as another candidate in India’s Light Transport Competition.
The two new aircraft ordered by Mexico are destined to fly with the Mexican Navy, which already operates four C295 and six older CN235 for transport duties and military, civil protection and humanitarian purposes. The Mexican Air Force is operating six C295, while the Federal Police flies two CN235 aircraft.
More than 140 C295s have now been ordered by 19 countries, according to Airbus.
Source: Airbus Defense and Space, with additional reporting by © 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest