C-295 MW for Indian Air Force

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13 September 2021 Current Affairs:The Cabinet Committee on Security accepted the procurement of fifty six C-295MW transport aircraft from a Spanish enterprise for the Indian Air Force.

♦  After the contract is signed, within 48 months 16 aircraft will be delivered from Spain, and TATA Consortium will manufacture 40 aircraft in India within 10 years after the contract is signed.
♦ This is the first project to manufacture military aircraft in India by a private company.
♦ The assignment will provide an increase to the aerospace ecosystem in India wherein a number of MSMEs spread throughout the country will be involved in manufacturing parts of the aircraft.
♦ All the fifty six aircraft will be established with indigenous Electronic Warfare Suite.
♦ Apart from giving a raise to ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ in the defence sector, the programme will additionally generate 600 highly skilled jobs directly, over 3000 indirect jobs and an extra 3000 medium skill employment opportunities.

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