Published: August 12, 2020 1:47:19 am
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on Tuesday approved the purchase of 106 basic trainer aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force, along with other proposals at a total cost of over Rs 8,700 crore.
In a statement, the Defence Ministry said its apex defence acquisitions body approved proposals worth Rs. 8,722.38 crore “to strengthen the Armed Forces by relying on indigenous capability to take forward the initiative on Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
HAL has been given an order for 106 basic trainer aircraft which will “address basic training requirements of the Indian Air Force”, the statement said.
HAL has developed the Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40), a prototype of the Basic Trainer Aircraft for which the certification process is underway. Once HAL gets the certification, the government will buy 70 trainer aircraft, and the remaining 36 planes will be procured once the HTT-40 fleet of the IAF becomes operational, the ministry said.
Initially, the HTT-40 project had faced issues of acceptance from within the…