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Nepal Army Goes for Indonesian C 235 Even as Airbus Tata Joint Project Delayed

Published Nov 04, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

Apparently a 10 year time lag from the time of approval by the DAC and the rollout of the first indigenously manufactured transport aircraft with Airbus assisting an Indian private company in the project underlines the sloth in the Indian defence acquisition procedure.

Nepal Army has taken delivery of first CN235-220 military transport aircraft made by Indonesian aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) which has a joint project with CASA to manufacture the modified C 235 on licence.

While India hopes to be a key defence exporter the delay in getting joint projects off the ground is evident as the Air Bus Tata joint project for manufacturing 56 C 295 approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) in 2015 is yet to see the light of the day.

In addition, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) will acquire six aircraft.

With the price negotiations having concluded in March this year, the green light by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) may be expected early 2020 while five more years will be required to have the first indigenously manufactured aircraft flying for the Indian Air Force as per Janes Defence Correspondent in India Mr Rahul Bedi

This delay despite the IAF urgently looking for a medium transport aircraft after the 20 tonne Medium Transport Aircraft development project with Russia has been scrapped while the AN 32 is also facing a challenge due to critical spares.

As per the Airbus India website the company has proposed multiple projects to kick-start a defence-focused industrial ecosystem in the country, including an offer to build the C295W military transport aircraft with Tata, as well as a partnership with Mahindra Defence to locally manufacture military helicopters.

Airbus is offering to set up a final assembly line in India in partnership with Tata to produce C295W military transporter as a replacement for the Indian Air Force’s Avro aircraft fleet. Two other variants of the C295 – the Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) and the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW).

Apparently a 10 year time lag from the time of approval by the DAC and the rollout of the first indigenously manufactured transport aircraft with Airbus assisting an Indian private company in the project underlines the sloth in the Indian defence acquisition procedure.

With many hiccups as domestic public sector undertaking Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd proposing an upgradation of the Avro and lack of urgency in processing India will be unable to compete in the defence exports market for high end platforms in the near term despite hand holding by global aerospace majors.

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