September 25, 2021
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Basic trainer aircraft for IAF

In a major  loss of face for the IAF headquarters, the Manohar Parrikar led Ministry of Defence has ordered Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd to produce 68 Basic Trainer Aircraft for the IAF, earlier rejected by the then IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne  on the grounds of high cost and feared delay in production schedule. Along with this approval, the Defence Acquisition Council permitted the IAF to acquire 38 Pilatus PC-7 Mk-II subject to assessment of life cycle costs. The IAF was till three years ago us
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