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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

According to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Annual report for 2020-21, HAL has responded to a request for information (RFI) issued last June for the Air 6002 Phase 1 requirement by the Australian Department of Defence. Canberra plans to replace BAE Systems Hawk 127s operated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with Future Lead-in Fighter Training System that in training fast jet aircrew and supporting joint force training.

Some of the major trainer manufacturers, BAE, Boeing, and Leonardo all have reportedly have responded to RFI issued by the Australian DoD. BAE has offered its latest Hawk, Boeing its T-7A Red Hawk, Leonardo its M-346, Korea Aerospace Industries its T-50 advanced jet trainer.

Australian DoD has not issued RFP (request for proposal) yet. HAL’s Lead-in Fighter Trainer (LIFT) is based on LCA-Tejas Twin seat Trainer aircraft that will be further optimized to be used as a bridge between the pilot training system and fast jet conversion courses with the flexibility to evolve as technologies, missions, and training needs change.

idrw.org has been told once production of Tejas Mk1A jets begins, HAL plans to develop the first LCA-LIFT aircraft that has received backing from the Indian Air Force.

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