SOURCE : IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)
Successive failure in finding suitable replacement for ageing Hawker Siddeley HS 748 ” Avro ” aircraft has prompted IAF to reassess their priorities and aircrafts requirements.
IAF had brought 125 AN-32 aircrafts from Soviet Union and recently has upgraded 40 An-32s in Ukraine and the remaining 65 will be overhauled at the BRD-1 aviation plant of the IAF in Kanpur.
United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) of Russia and Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) will jointly work in developing Medium-lift military transport aircraft called Multi-role Transport Aircraft (MTA) which will replace AN-32 fleet operated by IAF in next decade.
IAF also operates 54 elderly fleet of Hawker Siddeley HS 748 which needs replacement and only Airbus who partnered Tata Advanced Systems offered EADS CASA C-295 which could have been manufactured in India. MOD refused to clear the deal due to Single bidder situation for the tender, further delaying already delayed replacement programme.
Retendering of tender for Avro replacement will not be much of help since some of the contenders have already refused to bid due to various reasons and it will be hard to find new vendor proposals next times too feels IAF.
IAF is planning to order 7 more C-130J and additional six to ten C-17s from United States which will further ease Transport issues, While India and Russia have still not reached on a final agreement on development of MTA aircrafts, IAF is hopeful that work share agreements will work out soon .