Airbus Defence and Space has secured regulatory approval from New Delhi to manufacture C295 aircraft parts and subassemblies in India.
The work will see Airbus collaborate with Tata Advanced Systems Ltd to locally produce the aircraft components.
Jorge Tamarit Degenhardt, vice president of the C295 India Program at Airbus, said the certification awarded by India’s Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance will ensure that C295 detailed parts are fabricated under the company’s exacting standards.
“We continue to work in strong partnership with TASL to apply a robust and comprehensive quality framework for successful aircraft manufacturing in India for the C295 Make in India program,” Degenhardt added.
In September 2021, India awarded Airbus a contract to acquire 56 C295s for the Indian Air Force. Under the agreement, the French company will assemble the first 16 aircraft in Spain and deliver the units to India.
TASL will produce the remaining 40 C295s domestically as part of its industrial partnership with Airbus.
While Airbus delivered the first aircraft in September 2023, TASL is expected to roll out its first “Make in India” C295 in September 2026 and complete the aircraft’s delivery by August 2031.