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MoD SIGNS CONTRACT WITH AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE, SPAIN

MoD SIGNS CONTRACT WITH AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE, SPAIN

Context:

On September 24, 2021, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with M/s Airbus Defence and Space, Spain for the acquisition of 56 C-295MW transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force.

Contracts Signed:

  • The MoD has also signed an Offset Contract with M/s Airbus Defence and Space through which M/s Airbus will discharge its offset obligations through direct purchase of eligible products and services from Indian Offset Partners. These contracts were signed after taking approval from the Cabinet Committee on Security earlier this month.

Significance of C-295MW:

  • The induction of C-295MW will be an important step towards the modernisation of the transport fleet of the Indian Air Force.
  • It is a transport aircraft of 5-10 tonne capacity.
  • It has a contemporary technology that will replace the ageing Avro transport aircraft of IAF.
  • The aircraft is capable of operating from semi-prepared strips.
  • It has a rear ramp door for quick reaction and para dropping of troops & cargo.
  • The aircraft will give a boost to the tactical airlift capability of IAF, especially in the Northern and North-Eastern sectors and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

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