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On the sidelines of Aero India 2023, Rostec officials held talks with the State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) officials on a possible joint bid for the sale and assembly of the Ilyushin Il-276 medium-airlift military transport aircraft in the country. has been told that initial talks involved a detailed presentation of the plane on offer and its plans for a possible tie-up with the HAL for local manufacturing of the transporter in India.

HAL officials have confirmed that Russia is still offering Ilyushin Il-276 with Russian-developed engines which were borne of contention why India had last walked away from the program since IAF had insisted on an engine that has the FADEC system and preferred a non-Russian engine.

RFI issued by IAF asks OEMs submitting bids what are the Engine mode of operation (FADEC / DEC or any other mode) but they are high chance that IAF will prefer FADEC system integrated engines that might force Russia to offer a European engine that unlikely due to current situation after sanctions from Europe.

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