Air­bus De­fence and Space and Tatas bid for In­dia’s Avro re­place­ment pro­gramme

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Air­bus De­fence and Space and Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems (TASL) have sub­mit­ted a joint bid to re­place the In­dian Air Force´s fleet of Avro air­craft with the mar­ket-lead­ing Air­bus C295 medium trans­port. 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 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.

Air­bus De­fence and Space Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Mil­i­tary Air­craft, Domingo Ureña Raso said: “We firmly be­lieve that, in the C295, we have clearly the best air­craft to re­place the IAF Avro fleet and, in Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems, we have se­cured the cream of the In­dian pri­vate aero­space sec­tor as our part­ner for this project.

“The C295 is a su­perbly re­li­able and tough air­craft with out­stand­ing eco­nomics which is proven in the most dif­fi­cult op­er­at­ing con­di­tions all over the world. It has al­ready been or­dered by 19 coun­tries, many of which have placed re­peat or­ders. And just this year it has dom­i­nated the mar­ket with or­ders for no fewer than 20 air­craft from five coun­tries.”

S. Ra­mado­rai, Chair­man, Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems, said, “We are ex­tremely pleased to an­nounce our part­ner­ship with Air­bus De­fence and Space for the Avro re­place­ment pro­gramme for the In­dian Air Force. It is a land­mark for the de­vel­op­ment of air­craft man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­ity in In­dia, now that Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems is poised to take this step to­wards build­ing en­tire air­craft in In­dia. The se­lec­tion of Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems by Air­bus demon­strates the con­fi­dence that has been built in our abil­ity to un­der­take this com­plex pro­gramme.”

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