C-295 MW transport aircraft formally inducted into Indian Air Force

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh formally inducted the first C-295 MW transport aircraft at the Indian Air Force airbase in Hindan, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh on 25 September 2023.

  1. The induction of the C-295 is expected to enhance the medium-lift tactical capability of the Indian Air Force.
  2. The C-295 is capable of taking off and landing from unprepared landing grounds and will replace the HS-748 Avro aircraft.
  3. Airbus is set to deliver the first 16 C-295 aircraft in fly-away condition from its final assembly line at Seville, while Tata Advanced Systems will manufacture and assemble the remaining 40 aircraft in India.
  4. All C-295 aircraft will be equipped with an indigenous Electronic Warfare Suite.
  5. The C-295 is designed for tactical transport, capable of carrying up to 71 troops or 50 paratroopers, and is suited for logistic operations in areas inaccessible to heavier aircraft.
  6. Raksha Mantri also inaugurated the two-day Bharat Drone Shakti-2023 event, which features participation from over 75 drone start-ups and companies.
  7. Bharat Drone Shakti-2023 aims to promote India’s goal of becoming a global drone hub by 2030 and is expected to have broad participation from various government departments, industries, armed forces, and friendly countries.

Q.: Who will manufacture and assemble the majority of the C-295 aircraft in India?

a) Airbus
b) Boeing
c) Tata Advanced Systems
d) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)

Ans : c) Tata Advanced Systems

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