56 transport aircraft will be procured for the Indian Air Force. The Cabinet Committee on Security on Wednesday approved the purchase of C-295MW aircraft from Spain. 16 aircraft will be in ready-to-fly condition, while 40 will be built in the country under the leadership of the Tata consortium.
A consignment of 16 aircraft from Spain will be received in 48 months that is four years from the signing of the deal. The remaining 40 aircraft will be built in India in 10 years by a group of companies led by the Tata Group.
The government has said that this is the first such project in which military aircraft will be produced in the country by a private company. Indigenously made electronic warfare suites will be deployed in all 56 aircraft.
At the same time, according to the report of news agency PTI, the Indian Air Force is considering the purchase of about 350 aircraft in the next two decades. Giving this information on Wednesday, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said that considering the northern neighbor (China), we should have top-class technologies. Not only this, due to security reasons, weapons through these technologies should also be made in the country by our own industry.
The IAF chief also talked about the need for building contrasting capabilities to further strengthen the strength of the Indian Air Force in view of the challenges being faced by China at a conference on the Indian aerospace sector. Emphasizing on self-reliance in the defense sector, the Air Chief said that the Indian Air Force is looking at buying 350 indigenously manufactured aircraft in the next two decades. The Tejas Light Combat Aircraft project has instilled confidence in the aerospace industry. It has potential to develop further.