SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Indian Air Force (IAF) is not considering importing intermediate jet trainers (IJT) due to delays over Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) HJT-36 program amid reports in Argentian media on IAF being interested in IA-63 Pampa III trainer aircraft produced in Argentina by Fabrica Militar de Aviones (FMA) with assistance from Dornier.
idrw.org has been told by Industrial sources that in early 2014 under the Previous UPA regime, IAF had issued a global request for information (RFI) to global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to pitch their products for a possible future acquisition due to delays in HJT-36 program.
IAF desperately needs new intermediate Stage-II trainers to fill the yawning gap between Stage-I (Pilatus PC-7 BTA) and Stage-III (Hawk Mk.132 trainer) and was considering procuring IJT from other countries but after NDA came into power that request has been cancelled and plans are to procure HJT-36 when it is ready for induction after completing its final certification trials which idrw.org has reported will be completed in neat 12 months.
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