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IAF's first Swiss Pilatus trainer aircraft arrives in India

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  1. Anees

    Anees Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    IAF's first Swiss Pilatus trainer aircraft arrives in India

    NEW DELHI: The first of the 75 Swiss Pilatus trainer aircraft procured by the IAF under a Rs 2,800 crore deal to train its rookie pilots today landed at Jamnagar in Gujarat.

    The fleet of 75 aircraft will help in replacing the fleet of HPT-32 basic trainers which were grounded after a fatal crash in 2009, senior IAF officials said here today. The Pilatus plane flew in from the firm's headquarters in Stans in Switzerland for its maiden flight.

    Government of India had signed a contract with the Swiss firm in May last year after the approval by the Cabinet Committee on Security(CCS).

    In view of the urgent need of the IAF to train its pilots, the Swiss firm had assured the force that it will start the delivery of the aircraft by the last quarter of 2012.

    The IAF is procuring the aircraft together with an integrated ground based training system and a comprehensive logistics support package.

    The IAF is also planning to seek more Pilatus trainer aircraft from the Swiss firm which could see another 100 aircraft being procured from there.

    According to the contract, Pilatus will also do a transfer of technology to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for maintenance of the fleet for the next 30 years.

    Pilatus will also do offsets to the tune of 30 per cent of the deal which would be close to around Rs 800 crore.

    IAF's first Swiss Pilatus trainer aircraft arrives in India - The Economic Times
     
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  2. Himanshu Pandey

    Himanshu Pandey Don't get mad, get even. STAR MEMBER

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    now this is great news
     
  3. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    Finally
     
  4. vikas jat

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    good day for iaf
    training programme will reached to great shape after inducting these trainers
     
  5. BMD

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    The Indian Air Force has received the first lot of the new basic trainer aircraft 'PC-7 Mk-II'

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    We've got these too:

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  7. Manmohan Yadav

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    Its a P-51 :wink:
     
  8. Skull and Bones

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    Can PC-7 drop LGBs and other guided munitions for COIN operations?
     
  9. Gessler

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    No its a PC-9. Also from Pilatus...the IAF's PC-7 Mk-2 is infact a hybrid of the PC-7 + PC-9's design attributes.

    Pilatus PC-7 | Wikipedia, the free encylopedia

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    Croatian Air Force - Current Aircraft Inventory

    Croatians have the PC-9. India has the PC-7 Mark-2.
     
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  10. Manmohan Yadav

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    Bro. it was meant as a joke,
    else why would i put the ":wink:" in there
     
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    IAF to order 37 more Pilatus trainers worth Rs 1,250 cr
    SOURCE : Ajai Shukla /Business-standard.com

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) will order 37 additional the Pilatus trainer aircraft from Swiss manufacturer, Pilatus AircraftCompany, over and above the 75 trainers the IAF has already contracted for Rs 2,900 crore. That will take to 112 the number of Pilatus PC-7 Mark II trainers on order from the IAF.

    A top IAF official told Business Standard, “The contract for 75 Pilatus trainers, which was signed last year, includes an options clause that allows India to order an extra 50 per cent of the contracted number of aircraft (i.e. 37 trainers) at the same price as the first 75 trainers. We will exercise this options clause this month.”

    The first 75 Pilatus trainers were purchased at Rs 30 crore per aircraft. At that price, the additional order will be worth about Rs 1,250 crore to Pilatus Aircraft Company.



    The first three PC-7 Mark II aircraft have already been delivered by Pilatus. The IAF official who spoke to Business Standard said 14 trainers, nearly a full squadron, would be delivered to the IAF by June. The IAF pilots course that begins initial training in June will learn to fly on the PC-7 Mark II.

    This is an enormous relief to the IAF. Its longstanding basic trainer aircraft, the indigenous HPT-32 Deepak, has been grounded since a crash in July 2009. A total of 19 pilots have died while flying this aircraft. Since then, IAF rookie pilots have undergone a greatly curtailed Stage-1 training (as basic training is called) on the Kiran Mark-I trainer, a complex aircraft normally flown by pilots who have already learned basic flying on a simpler machine. This compressed training has placed a question mark over the flying ability of recent IAF batches.

    But the course that begins training in June will fly a full training syllabus of 65-70 hours on the PC-7 Mark II in Stage-1 training before they commence 65-70 hours of Stage-2 training on the Kiran trainer. After that, they graduate to Stage-3 training — 65-70 hours on the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) -— before joining a frontline combat fighter squadron.

    Even after exercising the option for 37 more PC-7 Mark II aircraft, the IAF will need 71 more trainers to meet its overall requirement of 183 basic trainer aircraft. Earlier, Bangalore-headquartered Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) was to design and build 108 aircraft, dubbed the Hindustan Turbo Trainer – 40 (HTT-40). But, as Business Standard first reported (December 19, 2012, “MoD rejects HAL’s proposal to build basic trainer”), the MoD scrapped HAL’s proposal last September since its trainers would cost significantly more than those on offer from Pilatus.

    The Pilatus PC-7 Mark II offers far more safety and training features than the vintage HPT-32, which did not even have an ejection system; in emergencies, pilots ejected manually. The HPT-32’s obsolete instrumentation and avionics restricted training to good weather. Its cockpit had no recording equipment that could monitor trainee pilots while they were flying solo. Unlike the older aircraft, the PC-7 Mark II can perform aerobatics, and train the rookie pilots on instrument and night flying and basic tactical operations.

    The PC-7 Mark II is a hybrid aircraft, in which a PC-9 airframe has been mated with a smaller PC-7 engine to lower procurement, flying and maintenance costs. The trainer is in service with several air forces, including South Africa and Malaysia.
     
  12. Himanshu Pandey

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    with 183 basic training planes... howmany piolots IAF planning to train in a year.... any idea about this
     
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