12:00 AM, February 9, 2010
The Indian MOD has issued Request for Proposal (RFP) for acquiring 75 basic aircrafts for the IAF to Embraer, Pilatus, Raytheon, Finmeccanica, Grob, EADS PZL and Korea Aerospace Industries. The companies are required to submit their proposals by March 17. The RFP has been issued following the grounding last year of the 125 Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) HPT-32 fleet, on which the initial training of flight cadets is conducted. According to the RFP, the manufacturer will have to deliver the first 12 aircraft within 24 months of the contract. The remaining trainers will follow in batches. The 75 aircraft are part of the government’s go-ahead to the IAF for the acquisition of 181 basic trainers. The total proposal is estimated to be $1 billion. The IAF also inducted BAE systems manufactured Hawk advanced jet trainers (AJTs) in 2008 to impart superior training to pilots-under-training.