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SEPTEMBER 2013 ISSUE


Change and Thrive
New acquisitions and upgrades will drive the market for medium military transport aircraft
 


Airbus Military C 295 one of the contenders for the IAF requirement for a medium transport. This example belongs to the Polish Air Force.
Airbus Military C 295 one of the contenders for the IAF requirement for a medium transport. This example belongs to the
Polish Air Force.


According to Airbus Military over the next three decades, ‘the increasing air transport demands will generate the need for some 2,400 multi-role airlifters, with approximately 1,250 of these in the light/medium category’.

India’s requirements alone could account for approximately 10 per cent of that market over the next 10 years. The Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to increase its tonnage carrying capacity from 500 tonnes to 1,500 tonnes by 2022. The IAF is fully committed to supporting the Indian Army in the air maintenance task, its Fixed Wing assets carrying in excess of 25,000 tonnes annually. This capacity will be enhanced with the arrival of upgraded and new aircraft with higher payloads and enhanced avionics for higher sortie generation rates.

An important components of this will be the C-130J (which will operate in tactical airlift and special ops roles) along with the giant C-17 Globemaster III, (the third aircraft arrives in India this month). The ageing IL-76 heavylift transports are expected to soldier on until 2025. The IAF currently operates three main types of light and medium transport aircraft with the useful Dornier Do-228 operating in the light role and the AN-32 and ‘Avro’ undertaking medium transport and communication duties.

Upgrades are already underway for the AN-32 and a replacement is being sought for the Avro. Upgrades for both the Avro and Do-228 are also likely to take place. Both the ‘Avro’ and Dornier 228 have been produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the last of 89 Avros built by HAL in 1984 (the first was delivered in 1964!). HAL has manufactured 116 Dorniers until date with first delivery in 1984 and the 116th in March 2012.
 
 
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