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India receives first C295 transport aircraft from Airbus

19th September 2023 - 00:36 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


The first C295 was handed over to the Indian Air Force at a ceremony in Spain. (Photo: Airbus Defence and Space)

India has received its first C295 transporter, and efforts at home continue for AEW, special mission and tanker platforms to be converted from pre-owned airliners.

Airbus Defence and Space handed over the first C295 medium transport aircraft in flyaway condition to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Seville, Spain, on 13 September.

IAF ACM Vivek Ram Chaudhari and India’s Ambassador to Spain, Dinesh K. Patnaik, attended the ceremony. This was the first of 56 C295Ws destined for the IAF.

Within a few days of the handover ceremony, the aircraft was to depart for Delhi on its ferry flight, with a joint IAF and Airbus crew in charge.

Jean-Brice Dumont, Airbus’ Head of Military Air Systems, commented: ‘It was only two years ago that we signed this

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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