Airbus and Tata Advanced Systems Create Milestone in ‘Make in India’ Programme


In a significant development for India’s aerospace manufacturing, the Airbus Defence and Space Quality Management System (QMS) for the C295 aircraft has received approval from the Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA), marking a milestone in the ‘Make in India’ initiative. This approval enables the production of detailed parts and sub-assemblies for the C295 aircraft in India, highlighting the country’s capabilities in advanced manufacturing.

The partnership between Airbus Defence and Space and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) underscores the collaborative efforts to enhance India’s self-reliance in defense manufacturing under the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative. With the formal presentation of the certificate of approval on February 12, 2024, at the C295 Main Components Assembly facility in Hyderabad, the stage is set for the indigenous production of critical components for the aircraft.

Jorge Tamarit Degenhardt, VP – Head of C295 India Programme, Airbus Defence and Space, emphasized the significance of this certification in bolstering trust in Airbus quality standards and advancing the ‘Make in India’ agenda. “The partnership with Tata Advanced Systems Limited exemplifies the commitment to applying robust quality frameworks for successful aircraft manufacturing within India,” he said.

The acquisition of 56 Airbus C295 aircraft by India, formalized in September 2021, represents a significant stride in modernizing the Indian Air Force’s fleet. Under the contractual agreement, Airbus will deliver the first batch of aircraft in ‘fly-away’ condition, while the remaining units will be manufactured and assembled by Tata Advanced Systems Limited in India. This comprehensive program signifies the development of a complete industrial ecosystem, encompassing production, assembly, testing, delivery, and maintenance of the aircraft’s lifecycle, further strengthening India’s aerospace manufacturing capabilities.

With major international brands like Airbus forging partnerships with Indian entities, the nation’s aerospace sector is poised for significant growth. The collaboration between Airbus and TASL exemplifies the potential of India’s skilled workforce and infrastructure in attracting global investments and establishing India as a hub for advanced aerospace manufacturing.

This achievement not only enhances India’s self-reliance in aerospace but also underscores its emergence as a preferred destination for global aerospace investments, reinforcing the vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.