TATA-Airbus Launched by Narendra Modi: While laying the foundation stone for an aircraft manufacturing facility in Gujarat’s Vadodara, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was India’s big step towards becoming self-reliant in aviation.
In the coming years, the Defense and Aerospace sectors will be two important pillars for making India ‘Atmanirbhar’. As a result of military corridors being established in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, our defence manufacturing scale would cross $25 billion by 2025.
It is the first time such a huge investment is taking place in the defence aerospace sector of India, the PM said, adding that his government has implemented several economic reforms. He added that these reforms have greatly benefited the manufacturing sector.
Currently, India has the world’s fastest growing aviation sector. In terms of air traffic, we will soon be among the top three countries worldwide.
The Prime Minister said that even with disruptions in the supply chain and a war, India’s manufacturing sector continues to grow.
Tata Sons chairperson N Chandrasekaran and Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel felicitated the PM at the manufacturing facility for the C-295 transport aircraft.
Besides providing strength to our military, the aircraft to be built in Vadodara will also develop a new ecosystem for aircraft manufacturing, PM Modi said.
In line with the mantra of ‘Make in India, Make for the Globe,’ India is increasing its potential today.
According to the Defence Ministry, Tata-Airbus will manufacture the C-295 transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force. Vadodara’s facility will manufacture additional aircraft for Air Force requirements and exports in addition to 40 aircraft.
A joint statement from Tata-Airbus stated that C-295 manufacturing represents the first “Make in India” aerospace initiative in the private sector to develop a complete industrial ecosystem encompassing manufacturing, assembly, testing, qualification, delivery and maintenance of the aircraft throughout its entire lifecycle.
The Defence Ministry said manufacturing of over 13,400 detail parts, 4,600 sub-assemblies and all the seven major component assemblies of the aircraft will be undertaken in India.
The TATA Consortium will integrate various systems into the aircraft, including engines, landing gear, and avionics, provided by Airbus Defence and Space.
With the ability to operate from short or unprepared airstrips, the C295 is used for tactical transport of 71 troops or 50 paratroopers, as well as logistic operations to locations that are inaccessible to current heavier aircraft.
Airdropping paratroops and loads, as well as evacuation of casualties and medical personnel, is possible with the aircraft. In addition to performing special missions, it is capable of responding to disasters and patrolling maritime waters.
In the aerospace and defence sector, the project is expected to create 600 highly skilled jobs directly, over 3,000 indirect jobs, and 3,000 medium-skill jobs.
The project will train nearly 240 engineers at the Airbus facility in Spain.
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