SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Rostec officials at Aero India 2023 that the company is well aware of the Request for Information for Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) issued by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to replace ageing Soviet-era An-32 Medium Haul Transport Aircraft and are keen to offer its Ilyushin Il-276 medium-airlift military transport aircraft currently being developed by United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).
United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) of Russia and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) wanted to jointly develop the very same aircraft in a joint venture in 2009, but in 2016 HAL walked out of the program due to differences over the selection of the engines for the program and workshare agreements.
Rostec officials are keen to offer Ilyushin Il-276 MTA to India that they claim can be customized as per requirements of the IAF and when asked about IAF preference for a non-Russian engine, Rostec officials seem to be much more accommodating to the idea of having a non-Russian engine this time than earlier but the initial offer still is with the Russian-made Aviadvigatel PD-14M turbofan engines.
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