A follow-on order of 38 Pilatus PC 7 Mk II aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) is increasingly getting mired in controversy as veteran air force officers say that it has features, for example, an ejection seat which is not necessary in a basic trainer.
The order has already been put on hold by the finance minister as it has found the Life Cycle Cost (LCC) of the aircraft is higher than the unit price that was quoted earlier.
Former senior officers of the air force say that basic trainers are of such type that can glide and land even on a grass field in case of an emergency, including an engine failure.
The Pilatus PC 7, a Swiss manufacture, was chosen by the air force because the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) failed to develop their own proposed basic trainer.
IAF wanted to buy 181 aircrafts to meet its requirements. But the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) of the ministry headed by the Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar had allowed the purchase of 75 with 38 to be bought later.
Pilatus PC 7 is with a Pratt & Whitney engines and has top speed of 270 knots. It’s a two seater aircraft for the trainee and the trainer.
Pilatus will showcase their next generation aircraft, the PC-12 NG at Aero India 2015, scheduled to be held between February 18 and 22 at Bengaluru. The latest upgrade of the popular PC-12 has exciting new features to make the 2014/2015 PC-12 NG the best PC-12 to date
Delhi-based arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari has come under scanner once again after the media reports allege that he is also involved in financial crime related to Pilatus trainer aircraft deal. Investigators are probing what kind of services his company, the Offset India Solution Private Limited, had provided to Swiss aircraft major Pilatus, NDTV reported
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