First C-295 transport aircraft formally inducted into Indian Air Force

• The formal induction of the first C-295 MW transport aircraft into the IAF.

• The ceremony consisted of a ‘Sarv Dharm Puja’ and a brief on the capabilities of the aircraft.

• 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 first 16 of the 56 contracted aircraft will be delivered to the IAF in a ‘fly-away’ condition.

• The remaining 40 will be manufactured in India by Tata Advanced Systems Limited at their facility in Vadodara.

• The first IAF squadron to be equipped with the aircraft, 11 Squadron (The Rhinos), is also based at Vadodara.

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