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IAF pilots to train in Switzerland
Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne has said that the IAF will be sending pilots and other technical staff to Switzerland to undergo the three-month training on the aircraft as the 'Pilatus-PC 7' is expected to join the fleet from January 2013. "We will be sending our pilots and about 75 technicians to Switzerland for training. They will be coming back after three months of training there. And from January (2013) onward the PC-7 aircraft will start to join in the academy," he said, adding the entire delivery of the aircraft is expected to be completed by July 2014. The IAF had inked the deal with the Swiss firm Pilatus to buy new basic training aircraft two months back.
Korean Complaint in Basic Trainer Plane Tender Lacks Merit: India
India has rejected a Korean plane manufacturer's complaint against its selection of a Swiss plane as its choice for a basic trainer requirement of its air force. Defence Minister A.K. Antony told Parliament that a representation submitted by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), one of the bidders for the Rs.1,800 crore ($400 million) contract, has been found to be "devoid of merit." "A representation submitted by Korea Aerospace Industries, one of the bidders, has been found to be devoid of merit," Antony told parliament.
Grounding of Mirage-2000 and Lack of Basic Trainers Adversely Affects IAF’s Training and Operations
The lack of basic trainer aircraft and the grounding of fighters like Mirage-2000 have taken a heavy toll on the IAF. The delay in the procurement of a new trainer aircraft and the crashes of IAF planes is leading to depletion in the number of pilots in the IAF. The number of pilots in the IAF has shrunk from the sanctioned strength due to lack of a basic trainer aircraft and other catastrophes. While the HPT-32 Deepak basic trainer has been grounded since mid-2009, the crash of two Mirage -2000 fighter planes.
HAL to Design, Develop Basic Trainer Planes for IAF
India's defence public sector major, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), has been entrusted with the task of indigenously designing and developing a modern basic trainer aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). IAF will get 106 of these latest basic trainer aircraft to replace the Hindustan Piston Trainer-32 or Deepak that was grounded in mid-2009 following a series of crashes. Defence Minister AK Antony informed parliament of the 106-aircraft order for HAL.
India to Ink Swiss Basic Trainer Aircraft Deal and French Missile Deal for Mirage Fighters Shortly
The Indian Finance Ministry has cleared two crucial defence deals including the acquisition of 75 Swiss turbo-prop aircraft Pilatus PC-7 to train IAF pilots and the 450 advanced French missiles to arm upgraded Mirage-2000 multi-role fighters. The IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne said that the proposals have been sent to Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) and the contracts maybe inked within a week.
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