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10th May, 2023 Defence

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  • The first C295 for India has successfully completed its maiden flight, marking a significant milestone towards its delivery by the second half of 2023.


  • India acquired 56 C295 aircraft in September 2021 to replace the (IAF) legacy AVRO fleet.
  • The first 16 aircraft will be assembled in Seville, Spain, and delivered to the customer in ‘fly-away’ condition.
  • The following 40 aircraft will be manufactured and assembled by Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL) in India as part of an industrial partnership between the two companies.
  • The C295 Final Assembly Line being built in Gujarat is the first concrete, large-scale Make-in-India defence programme in the private sector that will unlock the industrial value chain of design, manufacturing, assembly, testing, delivery and maintenance of the complete lifecycle of the aircraft.


  • This programme will significantly contribute towards developing the indigenous capabilities of Indian companies for an 'Aatma Nirbhar Bharat'.


  • The CASA C-295 (now Airbus C295) is a medium tactical transport aircraft that was designed and initially manufactured by the Spanish aerospace company CASA.
  • Both manufacturing and final assembly of the C-295 is normally performed at the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in San Pablo Airport, located in Seville, Spain.


  • Beyond its use as a tactical transporter, the C-295 is capable of performing a wide variety of missions effectively.
  • These included parachute and cargo dropping, electronic signals intelligence (ELINT), medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), and maritime patrol.

Usage Worldwide

  • The C-295 has been acquired by multiple nations including Spain, Egypt, Poland, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal and others.
  • It has also participated in numerous international operations, including those in the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Chad.


Q) Which of the following statements with reference to Airbus C295 is/are incorrect?

1. It is a medium tactical transport aircraft designed by Airbus.

2. India will receive all these aircrafts from Spain in ‘fly-away’ condition.

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Correct Answer: 2