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India Seals Deal With Pilatus for Air Force Basic Trainer Planes
India has signed a $640 million (Rs.2,900 crore) contract with Swiss plane manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft Limited to supply 75 PC-7 basic trainers for Stage-I flying training of Indian Air Force (IAF) rookie pilots. The deal comes just a fortnight after the Cabinet Committee on Security, the country's highest Defence and security decision-making body, cleared it in a meeting on May 10. Pilatus too confirmed the deal through an announcement, saying the deal with over 500 Swiss Franc or over $523 million.
PC-7 Basic Trainer Planes from Swiss Firm Pilatus
The Cabinet Committee on Security meeting today did not clear IAF proposal for buying 75 PC-7 basic trainer planes for training of IAF rookie pilots from Swiss firm Pilatus, though it was part of the agenda for the meeting. The approval for the basic trainer deal with Pilatus, selected through a long process ending last year, will be given in subsequent meetings of the CCS, sources said. The Pilatus deal is expected to be over $600 million for the 75 planes that are required by the IAF urgently, as 114 of its piston-engine HPT-32 basic trainers remain grounded since mid-2009.
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