We didn't even had the money to pay full price for 1 more and needed US politics to reduce the costs and make it affordable.
We should look at French, British or rent Malaysian operations of A400 MRTT instead, to deal with 2 requirements in 1 go (tankers and MTA replacement).
With hardly any global operations and very limited infrastructure development even for the existing C-17s, I think we should focus on more medium and small transports to fullfill our day to day requirements
So initial order will now be for 62 aircraft as opposed to 56, again crucially one of the earlier issues was that 40 (16 will come off the shelf) was felt too be too small an order to justify local assembly. ICG and navy have much larger requirements for MMMA-more orders assured
If its signed by 2020 when would we receive the first aircraft from an indian plant? 2025-7?
Four years since DAC cleared the single bid. At lastIndia concludes price negotiations to acquire 62 C295 transport aircraft | Jane's 360
India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has concluded price negotiations to acquire a total of 62 Airbus Defence and Space C295 medium transport aircraft (MTA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
IAF sources told Jane's on 28 March that the MoD's Contract Negotiation Committee (CNC) concluded consultations with Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) - which is in a joint venture (JV) with Airbus for the MTA programme - to procure the 62 platforms for around EUR2.8 billion (USD3.15 billion).
They said the aircraft deal - which would include 56 platforms for the IAF to replace the service's ageing fleet of Avro 748M transports, and six for the ICG - is expected to be signed after a new Indian government assumes office following general elections set to begin on 11 April.
The MTA programme envisages the direct import of 16 C295s and the local assembly/licence-building of the remaining 46 aircraft at a facility set up by the JV near Bangalore. In keeping with the 2013 MTA tender, 24 of these will be imported in kit form for local assembly and include a 30% indigenous content. The level of indigenous content is then expected to double to 60% in the remaining 22 platforms.
Delivery of the first locally assembled C295 is expected to begin within 60 months of the contract being signed, industry sources said.
Senior IAF officers said that while the IAF's C295 version will fulfil its requirement for a tactical airlifter, the ICG variant is expected to operate as a multimission maritime aircraft.
At last indeed. Remember the DRDO MMA presentation ? I watched that with a healthy degree of skepticism, wondering if we can even complete the deal ever. Well, happy to be proven wrong.Four years since DAC cleared the single bid. At last