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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone for a plant of the Tata-Airbus consortium in Gujarat’s Vadodara on Sunday, 30 October.
  • The C-295MW is a transport aircraft of 5-10 tonne capacity.
  • The aircraft has a maximum speed of 480 kmph.
  • The aircraft is capable of performing special missions as well as disaster response and maritime patrol, airdrop paratroops and loads, casualty or medical evacuation.
  • At least 15,000 skilled jobs are expected to be generated with the project.
  • The estimated cost of the project is about ₹22,000 crore.
  • This is the first aircraft manufacturing facility in the private sector in India.
  • The C-295 planes for the Indian Air Force will be manufactured by Tata-Airbus.
  • C-295 aircraft would have indigenous equipment.
  • First time that these planes would be made outside Europe.
  • The plant would be manufacturing for Air Force requirements, exports.
  • C-295 aircraft to replace the IAF’s ageing Avro-748 planes that entered service in the early 1960s.
  • Under the deal, Airbus will deliver the first 16 aircraft in ‘fly-away’ condition from its final assembly line in Seville, Spain within four years
  • The subsequent 40 aircraft will be manufactured and assembled by the Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) in India as part of an industrial partnership between the two companies.
  • The project is expected to generate 600 highly skilled jobs directly, over 3,000 indirect jobs and an additional 3,000 medium-skill employment opportunities with more than 42.5 lakh man-hours of work within the aerospace and defence sector.
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