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France and Airbus eye up Indian defence deals

19th February 2024 - 17:07 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in New Delhi


The Indian Air Force received delivery of the first of 56 C-295 transporters in 2023. (Photo: Airbus)

India has kickstarted an ambitious procurement process on a number of defence platforms for its Armed Forces with Airbus and France likely to be the main contenders for contract wins.

India’s defence industry has received a boost as the country’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by defence minister Rajnath Singh, cleared the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) – the first step in the procurement process – for capital acquisition proposals late last week. At the top of the list was the delayed and overdue procurement of 15 Medium-range Maritime Reconnaissance (MRMR) and Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) for the Indian Navy and Coast Guard.

In 2021, the Indian Air Force contracted a collaboration between Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) and Airbus Defence and Space for 56 C-295 transporters with the first delivered last

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Neelam Mathews


Neelam Mathews

Neelam Mathews was born in India and completed her education in London.

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