SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
India had offered to supply 35 LCA-LIFT, built by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in response to the Request for Information (RFI) issued by the Royal Australian Air Force last year in a government-to-government (G2G) defense deal but the Australian Government has not agreed to it and wants to keep the tender open said the latest report by ” New Indian Express”.
The Royal Australian Air Force wants to procure LIFT aircraft for the replacement of its existing trainers. Boeing has offered its T-7A Red Hawk, BAE Systems has offered its upgraded Hawk AJT, Leonardo has offered M-346 trainers, Korea Aerospace Industries has offered its T-50 advanced jet trainer, while Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd had offered its LCA-LIFT aircraft.
Indian Government offered LCA-LIFT at $40 million per unit and wanted to conclude a deal through a G2G deal but the Australian Government has refused to go for the G2G deal. While Indian LCA-LIFT is still in the race but there is a strong windfall in favor of the T-7A Red Hawk program due to the predominant existing American fleet of the Royal Australian Air Force even though LCA-LIFT is powered by an American GE-F404 engine.
LCA-LIFT is a spin-off program that will see the development of a new variant to be used for training pilots on jets before their assignment to the squadrons. LCA-LIFT concept showcased by HAL will see a New cockpit layout with a Wide Area Display (WAD) which replaces the three small multi-function displays of the older version and a new Head-Up Display (HUD). LCA-LIFT aircraft will be based on the LCA-Trainer aircraft, LCA-LIFT which is currently under development and likely will make its first flight in 2025.
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