India Indian MoD Approves Procurement of 15 C-295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft For $3.5 Billion

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The Defence Ministry has approved a proposal to procure nine (9) maritime surveillance aircraft for the Indian Navy and six (6) maritime patrol aircraft for the Indian Coast Guard, reported ANI quoting people aware of the development.

The proposed acquisition involves the construction of 15 maritime patrol planes, which will be based on C-295 transport aircraft that are being manufactured in India in a joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems and Airbus, according to the report. This move aligns with the government's "Make in India" initiative, aiming to enhance indigenous defence production capabilities while meeting the country's security needs.

The estimated value of these projects stands at ₹29,000 crore ($3.5 billion), reported ANI.

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C-295s in a Maritime Patrol/Surveillance configuration for the Spanish military​

The transport aircraft would be equipped with the required radars and sensors and turned into a maritime patrol plane by the DRDO's Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), reported ANI. Indian Coast Guard Chief Director General Rakesh Pal recently told ANI, "There are plans for acquiring long-range maritime surveillance aircraft, which the Air Force has taken, and the contracts will be signed with TASL (Tata Advanced Systems Limited), wherein we are about to get six C295 transport aircraft."

He said, "The Ministry of Defence is giving us adequate funds to ensure that our acquisition processes are all fast-tracked."

These new additions to the Indian Navy and Coast Guard fleets are expected to enhance surveillance, reconnaissance, and patrol capabilities.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) recently inducted the first C-295 transport aircraft manufactured in Spain. While the first 16 will come from Spain in fly-away condition, the remaining 40 will be produced in India at a Tata facility in Vadodara, Gujarat. The latest approval to enhance the Navy and Coast Guard surveillance capabilities will take the Tata Airbus order book to 71 from the existing 56.

(With inputs from ANI)


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CABS' render of their C-295 MMMA (Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft) configuration:

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IAF was already building up a large fleet of C-295s, I'm glad the other services are also ordering the same aircraft - economies of scale will be much easier to attain and the TASL production line in India will be humming along for a long while at this rate, may even start exports.

Hope we don't delay the follow-on order for 6 more Boeing P-8Is for too long...

18 of the Neptunes at the high-end backed up by 15 MQ-9B SeaGuardians, with 9 C-295MPAs taking care of the shorter-ranged duties should provide the Navy with a pretty comprehensive Maritime Patrol capability across the IOR.

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IAF was already building up a large fleet of C-295s, I'm glad the other services are also ordering the same aircraft - economies of scale will be much easier to attain and the TASL production line in India will be humming along for a long while at this rate, may even start exports.

Yup this is specific reason C295 was chosen. It is proven multi-modal and large operator base already.

This is a strategic program of note between India and France+Spain (and EU) in the end.

The best of what has been learned and developed for the Dornier MPA will expand more now w.r.t larger C295 customized platform when it comes to navy and CG for example.

It will be standardized transport for this class in IAF role too. Just produce these as needed, replacing An-32 etc.
 

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