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IAF to HAL_ Build Swiss Trainer Aircraft, Don't Develop Your Own _ Business Standard

IAF to HAL_ Build Swiss Trainer Aircraft, Don't Develop Your Own _ Business Standard

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the Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 has flatly rejected the proposal Tweet 0 Share ? Add to My Page Read more on: Indian Air Force Iaf | Hal | Hindustan Aeronautics | Indian Air Force | A K Antony Related News Chopper scam: Court allows S P Tyagi to go to Vietnam Cyclone Phailin: Antony asks armed forces to be ready Antony for relook at 'private sector only' aircraft contract Dhruv clocks 100. The company has allocated Rs 130 crore of its own money to continue developing the HTT-40.000 flying hours Examine barring of PSUs from IAF tender: Antony ChiefMarshal N A K Browne. Security Code: Send Not a member? Register now Specials » Defence » Defence Ajai Shukla | New Delhi October 14.Not a member? Register now or Connect using: Why BS? We encourage visitors to register on Business Standard. has sugarcoated his bid to import 106 basic trainer aircraft from Pilatus Aircraft Co. Equity and Commodities Derivatives Access Premium Services Receive Selective Offers from our Third Party Premium Advertisers Get Invited to Business Standard Events Close FORGOT PASSWORD? Enter your registered email below and we will send your password to this address. Registering on the site is absolutely Free and offers you the following benefits. Free Daily E-newsletter Breaking News Alerts in your Inbox Post Comments and Share your Feedback Your Personal Business Standard Page Free Portfolio of Stocks. which is designing its own basic trainer for the IAF . by proposing that Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) build the trainers in Bangalore to blueprints supplied by the Swiss company. HAL.has flatly rejected the proposal. which is designing its own basic trainer for the IAF .the Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) . 2013 Last Updated at 00:04 IST HAL. which is projected to .

000 crore). as reported first by Business Standard (July 29. A range of crucial performance benchmarks were diluted by the IAF after it was decided to buy 75 trainers from the global market. which add up to at least thrice the procurement cost of an aircraft. Diluting these benchmarks made the PC-7 Mark II eligible for purchase. even while rubbishing HAL's ability to design and build the HTT-40. Air Marshal P Kanakaraj. In his unprecedented attack on HAL. also creating a dependency on the continuation of the Pilatus manufacturing line.77 crore in 2020. Browne bizarrely claimed during the Air Force Day functions on October 8 that the IAF's base repair depots (BRDs) . Browne's letter falsely claimed the PC-7 Mark II costs just Rs 30 crore per aircraft when. Arguing for Pilatus. 'Indian Air Force at war with Hindustan Aeronautics. India was already paying Pilatus about Rs 40 crore (Swiss Francs 6. overhauls and upgrades during 40 years of operational service. you would be informed. But. "IAF had invited HAL to manufacture the balance PC-7 Mk II required by IAF under license in India. Last year. even as HAL developed 106 trainers. not build. Browne's new ploy follows Defence Minister A K Antony's cold-shouldering of a letter from the IAF chief. At a recent meeting in HAL Bangalore. in their own interest HAL declined to participate in license manufacture of the PC-7 Mk II." Meanwhile. The IAF. maintenance. which inflation would raise to Rs 64. Ironically. Read more on: Iaf | Hal | Hindustan Aeronautics | Indian Air Force | A K Antony Read More Focus on US Senate to resolve impasse US is headed for a default if it doesn't raise its debt limit by October 17 . wants to import. However. The IAF chief declared. it was decided that HAL would simultaneously design and build 106 trainers. These "life-cycle costs". the IAF purchased 75 PC-7 Mark II trainers for 557 million Swiss Francs (Rs 3. who admitted that assembling aircraft "(would) be a quantum jump in the working of the maintenance command… We are bound to make mistakes initially. which builds a range of aircraft for the IAF. which pushed through the proposal to import 75 trainers while HAL designed and built 106 HTT-40s now argues that operating two different types of trainers would complicate administration and logistics." Turned away by HAL. a trainer') the IAF chief wrote to Antony. savaging HAL's proposal and recommending this order be handed to Pilatus.725 crore). Browne alleged the HTT-40 trainer would cost Rs 43.the cost of spares.09 million) for each trainer supplied. "The 14 base repair depots (BRDs) have grown in both capability and capacity in a manner that the day is not far when it will be able to develop its own medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA). the IAF responded: "No decision has been taken on manufacturing the trainer aircraft in Base Repair Depot. Air Marshal Fernandes flew down from Air Headquarters in New Delhi to demand that a slew of inputs." Asked to comment on whether BRDs would now build Pilatus trainers. would be significantly higher in the case of Pilatus. An IAF statement to Business Standard says. the IAF is squeezing HAL to reflect a higher price for the HTT-40. in July. so pilot-less aircraft are an ideal platform to start off.59 crore per aircraft.set up to maintain and overhaul aircraft and engines . Business Standard has also highlighted (July 30. As and when any decision is taken at a later stage.could also build aircraft. including the cost of development. demanding an over-the-counter purchase of 106 PC-7 Mark II trainers from Pilatus. 'IAF diluted at least 12 benchmarks for trainer aircraft') the murkiness around the decision to award Pilatus the contract. in fact. Pilatus has delivered at least 15 of those trainers. When the purchase of 75 trainers from the global market was approved in 2009. the IAF glosses over the most compelling argument for an indigenous trainer . Such a purchase would be a windfall for the Swiss company worth at least Swiss Francs 750 million (Rs 5. be factored into the cost. The IAF confirms it approached HAL to build 106 PC-7 Mark IIs under license from Pilatus." A reality check was quickly provided by the IAF's maintenance chief.fly by 2015.

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