Airbus C295 programme gets Indian regulator’s nod to produce detailed parts and assemblies in India – Times of India


HYDERABAD: On Monday, French aerospace giant Airbus announced that the Airbus Defence and Space Quality Management System (QMS) for the C295 tactical military transport aircraft has received approval from the Indian regulator for the production of detailed parts and sub-assemblies in India.
The approval from the Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) marks a milestone in the ‘Make in India’ C295 program, Airbus said.
This certification is a part of the program that involves the full development of a complete industrial ecosystem—from the production of detailed parts to assembly, test, delivery, and maintenance of the complete lifecycle of the aircraft.
While the entire pre-final assembly line (pre-FAL) work for the C295, including the production of the wings, fuselage, detailed parts, machined parts, sheet metal work, sub-assemblies, and systems, will be done at Tata Advanced Systems Ltd’s (TASL) main components assembly facility in Hyderabad, the final assembly will be done at TASL’s FAL in Vadodara.
The certificate was formally handed over on February 12, 2024, by DGAQA Sanjay Chawla to Airbus Defence and Space CEO Michael Schoellhorn and TASL Aerostructures & Aero-engines Head Masood Hussainy in Hyderabad.
India signed a deal with Airbus in September 2021 for 56 C295 aircraft to replace the Indian Air Force (IAF) legacy AVRO fleet. Of these, 16 aircraft were to be delivered in ‘fly-away’ condition from Airbus’ final assembly line (FAL) in Seville, Spain, and the remaining were to be manufactured and assembled by Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) in India as part of an industrial partnership.
“This certification demonstrates the continuing trust and confidence of DGAQA in Airbus quality standards. All detailed parts for the C295 will be manufactured in India under exacting Airbus quality standards. We continue to work in strong partnership with Tata Advanced Systems Limited to apply a robust and comprehensive quality framework for successful aircraft manufacturing in India for the C295 ‘Make in India’ program under the policy of Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” said Jorge Tamarit Degenhardt, VP – Head of C295 India Programme, Airbus Defence and Space.

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