European aviation major Airbus on Thursday said it has received regulatory approval from an Indian regulator for its C295 aircraft programme, becoming the first foreign original equipment manufacturer to receive such approval.
In September last year, India signed a deal worth around Rs 21,000 crore with Airbus Defense and Space to procure 56 C295 transport aircraft to replace the old Avro-748 aircraft of the Indian Air Force, the first in India. Including the manufacture of military aircraft. by a private company.
Regulatory approval for the ambitious program was granted by the Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA).
Under the agreement, Airbus will deliver the first 16 aircraft in ‘fly-away’ condition from its final assembly line in Seville, Spain within four years and the latter 40 aircraft will be manufactured and assembled in India by Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) . Part of an industrial partnership between two companies.
The Airbus Defense and Space Quality Management System (QMS) for the C295 aircraft has received approval from the Indian Regulatory Authority for Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA), the aerospace major said in a statement.
“This is the first time a foreign aircraft manufacturer’s QMS has been approved by the DGAQA,” it said.
The certificate of approval was handed over to Kajetan von Mentzingen, head of Airbus Defense and Space Quality, by Sanjay Chawla, Director General of DGAQA, at a ceremony held on the sidelines of the DefExpo in Gandhinagar.
This is an important first step in a comprehensive quality assurance roadmap agreed between Airbus and DGAQA for the C295 ‘Make in India’ programme.
“We have passed a milestone for the C295 ‘Make in India’ program. This certification demonstrates the trust and confidence that DGAQA places in Airbus quality standards,” Mentzingen said.
“This marks the beginning of a robust and comprehensive roadmap that Airbus has put in place for the C295 ‘Make in India’ programme. This will be the foundation for successful aircraft manufacturing in India under the policy of Atmanirbhar Bharat,” the official said.
This certification is part of a program to manufacture 40 aircraft in India, which includes the full development of a complete industrial ecosystem – from parts production to assembly, testing and qualification, to delivery and maintenance of the entire aircraft lifecycle.
The C295 is touted as an improved aircraft used for the tactical transport of 71 soldiers or 50 paratroopers, and for logistics operations in locations not accessible to current heavy aircraft.
The aircraft can airdrop paratroops and loads, and can also be used for casualty or medical evacuation.
The aircraft is capable of carrying out special missions as well as disaster response and maritime patrol duties.
After the mega deal was finalized last year, Airbus said the C295 program will bring the company the full bouquet of world-class aircraft manufacturing and servicing in India in collaboration with its industrial partners, including Tatas and major defense public sector units. as Bharat Electronics Limited and Bharat Dynamics Limited.
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