What is C295 Transport Aircraft?

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Overview:

Senior Airbus officials recently said that a fully operational factory will be in place in Vadodara in Gujarat by November 2024, from where the first Indian-made C295 military transport aircraft will start rolling out 2026 onward.

About C295 Transport Aircraft:

 

  • It is a new-generation tactical airlifter in the light and medium segment that will replace the ageing Avro aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
  • It was designed and built by Airbus, a European multinational aerospace corporation.
  • It is robust and reliable but also highly versatile in terms of the number of different missions it can perform.
  • The aircraft, with a flight endurance of up to 11 hours, can carry out multi-role operations under all weather conditions.
  • It has a rear ramp door for quick reaction and para-dropping of troops and cargo.
  • Short take-off/land from semi-prepared surfaces is another of its features.

 

Types of Missions:

  • It is known to be a superior aircraft used for tactical transport of up to 71 troops or 50 paratroopers.
  • Air-to-Air refuelling: It can be converted into an air tanker that can deliver up to 6,000 kg of gasoline to fixed and rotary wing receivers by adding a detachable refuelling kit.
  • Airborne Early Warning (AEW): It has a cutting-edge radar with 360-degree coverage to give a complete picture of the airspace in its Airborne Early Warning variant.
  • Water-Bomber: It can be transformed into a powerful water bomber that can put out forest fires with up to 7,000 litres of water due to a flexible roll-on/roll-off system.
  • Armed/Ground ISR (Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance): A close-air-support operation that uses an ISR with a multi-mission radar that can also be weaponized.
  • The aircraft can be utilised for casualty or medical evacuation as well as airdropping loads and paratroopers.
  • It is equipped to handle special missions, disaster relief operations, and maritime patrol responsibilities.

 


Q) What is Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C)?

Airborne Early Warning & Control System (AEW&C), is a force multiplier system for detecting & tracking enemy/hostile aircrafts/ UAVs etc. It also enables operators onboard and on ground to identify, assess the threat and take actions to guide our interceptors to neutralize those threats.

 

Source: India-made C295 to start rolling out 2026 from Vadodara, says Airbus