The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) C295 transport aircraft has successfully completed its maiden flight in Spain, marking a significant milestone in the aircraft’s induction into the IAF fleet.
The C295 is a twin-turboprop tactical transport aircraft manufactured by Airbus Defense and Space. It has a payload capacity of up to 9.25 tonnes and can carry up to 71 troops or 50 paratroopers. The aircraft is also capable of conducting a wide range of missions, including troop and cargo transport, medical evacuation, search and rescue, and maritime patrol.
According to a statement released by Airbus Defense and Space, the C295 completed its first flight on May 4, 2023, in Seville, Spain. The aircraft was piloted by a team of IAF and Airbus Defense and Space test pilots and engineers.
“The successful maiden flight of the C295 is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the IAF and Airbus teams,” said Alberto Gutiérrez, Head of Military Aircraft at Airbus Defense and Space. “We are proud to support the IAF in their mission to protect the people of India.”
The IAF has ordered a total of 56 C295 aircraft to replace its aging fleet of Avro transport aircraft. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in September 2023, with the entire fleet expected to be inducted into the IAF by 2027.
The C295 is a highly capable and versatile aircraft that will significantly enhance the IAF’s transport capabilities. Its ability to operate from unprepared runways and in difficult terrain will make it particularly valuable for supporting operations in India’s mountainous and remote regions.
The C295 is also a proven platform, with more than 200 aircraft in service with 28 countries around the world. Its reliability, ease of maintenance, and low operating costs make it a popular choice for military and civilian operators alike.