May 22, 2011
Time: 9:40pm IST
Commercial Bids for the 75 basic trainer aircraft for the Indian Air Force were opened late last week. It is expected the contract will be awarded- given all things move smoothly- by July.
India has been anxious to make a procurement decision on the much needed trainers to replace its ageing fleet of over 100 HPT-32 (Hindustan Piston Trainers) that have suffered a spurt of crashes, leaving India to depend on its second line of limited trainers.