Rajnath Singh inducts first C-295 transport aircraft into Indian Air Force
New Delhi/IBNS/UNI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh formally inducted the first C-295 medium tactical transport aircraft into the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday.
Singh inducted the transport aircraft into the IAF in the presence of Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari and other top military officials at Air Force Station, Hindan in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.
In a post on X (formerly Twitter), the Defence Minister said that the induction of C-295 will bolster the medium-lift tactical capability of the IAF.
“The defence and aerospace sectors are the two important pillars for making India self-reliant in the coming years,” he said.
Attended the unveiling ceremony of C-295 MW at the Hindon Air Force Station. This medium lift tactical aircraft is capable of taking off and landing from unprepared landing grounds and it will replace the HS-748 Avro aircraft.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 25, 2023
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This medium-lift tactical aircraft, which is capable of taking off and landing from unprepared landing grounds, will replace the HS-748 Avro aircraft.
The Defence Ministry said the first 16 of the 56 contracted aircraft would be delivered to the IAF in a 'fly-away' condition, and the remaining 40 would be manufactured in India by Tata Advanced Systems Limited at their facility in Vadodara.
The first IAF squadron equipped with the aircraft, 11 Squadron (The Rhinos), is also based at Vadodara.
During the event, Singh inaugurated, “Bharat Drone Shakti 202”, a first-of-its-kind drone exhibition cum display at the Air Force Station.
The exhibition has been jointly organised by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Drone Federation of India (DFI).
Inaugurated the first ever drone exhibition, ‘Bharat Drone Shakti 2023’ at Hindon Air Force Station, Ghaziabad. Drones today can be employed for a variety of military and civil applications. India is fast emerging as a major drone hub by 2030.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 25, 2023
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As per the Defence Ministry, the two-day event will feature over 75 drone start-ups nationwide.