CCS approval for the purchase of 56 transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force, 40 will be made in India only

The C-295MW aircraft is a 5-10 tonne transport aircraft that will replace the Air Force’s older Avro aircraft. Sixteen aircraft will be delivered from Spain within 48 months of the agreement. Within ten years, the Tata consortium would itself manufacture 40 aircraft in India.

The CCS (Cabinet Committee on Security) today approved the purchase of 56 transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force. The C-295MW aircraft is a 5-10 tonne transport aircraft that will replace the Air Force’s older Avro aircraft. Sixteen aircraft will be delivered from Spain within 48 months of the agreement. Within ten years, the Tata consortium would itself manufacture 40 aircraft in India. This decision was taken in the cabinet meeting chaired by PM Modi.

This is the first project of its kind in which a private company will build a military aircraft in India. Several MSMEs spread across the country will be involved in the manufacturing of parts of the aircraft in the project. Under the plan, detail parts, sub-assemblies and major component assemblies of aero structures are to be manufactured in India. This would include development of specialized infrastructure in the form of hangars, buildings, aprons and taxiways. The government claims that before the completion of the delivery, there are plans to set up a ‘D’ level servicing facility for the C295MW aircraft in India.

This agreement will work to promote Make in India. Under this, Swedish aerospace company Saab has awarded a contract to Bengaluru-based firm FE-SIL to manufacture electrical systems for the T-7A training aircraft. Boeing has built the training aircraft in partnership with Saab. This will train the pilots of the next generation fighter and bomber aircraft. Under the multi-year contract, FE-SIL will supply the necessary wiring systems for the advanced aircraft, the company said.

Cabinet nod to agreement between India, Russia

The Cabinet approved the MoU between Russia and India on cooperation in the field of Geology. The main objective of the MoU is to cooperate in the exploration of hidden mineral deposits in the soil of both the countries. The MoU will facilitate exchange of technology and knowledge in the field of excavation, sampling and laboratory analysis. Sources say that this will do a great job in discovering mineral deposits. Together the technology of both the countries will do something meaningful in this direction.

Agreement signed between India and Portugal

On the other hand, the Cabinet approved the agreement between India and Portugal regarding the recruitment of Indian nationals to work in Portugal. Under the agreement, citizens of India can be kept to work in Portugal. The government claims that the agreement will create an institutionalized system of partnership and cooperation between India and Portugal. Under this, Indian workers will be sent to Portugal and they will be hired there. Under the agreement, a joint committee will be formed which will oversee it.

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