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IAF to US: Don't Want Your Fighters, But We Like Your Basic Trainer.

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by ColdPlay, May 9, 2011.

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  1. ColdPlay

    ColdPlay Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    IAF to US: Don't Want Your Fighters, But We Like Your Basic Trainer.

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    Not that this will even fractionally appease an embittered US Government, still seriously pissed off after the recent M-MRCA fighter elimination, an American-built aircraft is understood to have emerged tops in technical and flight evaluations of India's effort to procure primary trainer aircraft. I hear that the Hawker Beechcraft T-6C Texan-II (in IAF colours above) is on top of the list of five basic trainer aircraft that were put through field trials during October-December last year as part of the Indian Air Force's competition for 181 (75+106) aircraft. The Ministry of Defence received the IAF's trial report recommendations in February this year. The IAF desperately needs a new Stage-1 trainer fleet to replace its troubled and old HPT-32 Deepaks. Sources say this contract will be awarded before the year is out.

    While there is no official confirmation from the MoD or the IAF, some reports also suggest that the German Grob 120TP and the EADS PZL-130 Orlik TC-II were eliminated in a post-trial downselect. The Texan-II, the Korean Aerospace KT-1 and Pilatus PC-21 are understood to be in the finals now.

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    flanker143 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    IAF desperately needs basic trainers......the deal needs to be signed asap...
     
  3. Capt.Popeye

    Capt.Popeye Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Nice to hear about this. As it is the IAF used to fly the (older) Harvard and Texan trainers back in the 1950s and 1960s till they got phased after the 1971 war.
     
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    The Grob G 120TP basic trainer aircraft on its way back after flight trials in India in October 2010

     
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