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First C-295 transport aircraft lands at Air Force Station in Gujarat
9/20/2023 10:19:38 PM
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VADODARA, Sept 20: The first C-295 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force landed at Air Force Station Gujarat's Vadodara on Wednesday, officials said.
The aircraft was flown by Group Captain PS Negi and landed today after taking off from Bahrain, IAF officials told ANI.
The IAF's first C-295 MW aircraft landed in Vadodara today.
The aircraft would be handed over to the #IAF in a formal ceremony on 25 Sep 23 at AF Stn Hindan by the Honourable Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh.#AtmanirbharBharatpic.twitter.com/qkhoamP2IG
The aircraft had taken off from Spain on September 15 from Seville and made three stopovers in Malta, Egypt and Bahrain before reaching Vadodara today.
Earlier on September 13, India's first C-295 transport aircraft was received by Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari.
IAF Chief Chaudhari on receiving the delivery of the aircraft called it as a major milestone for India and said the induction of aircraft would improve IAF's tactical airlift capabilities.
Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said, "It is a major milestone not only for IAF but for the whole country. This is for two reasons - first, for IAF it improves our tactical airlift capabilities. For a nation, it marks the beginning of a new era."
"For Atmanirbhar Bharat, after the first 16 aircraft roll out from this plant, the 17th aircraft onwards will be made in India. It's a big step for the Indian aviation industry where we will be manufacturing the first military transport aircraft in the country," he added.
After receiving symbolic keys form the airbus officials, the IAF chief marked the occasion as a momentous day and said it was the beginning of a new era.
Moreover, on the handing over of C-295 transport aircraft to India, Airbus Head of Defence and Aerospace Jean-Brice Dumont said that Make in India and Prime Minister Modi's Aatmanirbhar Bharat are at the heart of his company and pointed to his team members saying they will have to learn 'Bharat'.
The aircraft is the first of 16 C-295 that was produced in Spain and the remaining 40 will be made in an Indian facility in Gujarat's Vadodara under a joint venture of Tata and Airbus.
The aircraft is expected to be inducted formally into the service at a ceremony in Hindan around September last week.
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