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DAC okays planes and warships, HAL will get fresh order for trainer
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 2/28/2015 12:00:00 AM

New Delhi: Even as the Defence Acquisition Council today okayed the purchase of 38 additional Pilatus basic trainer aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF), it said the Hindustan Aeronautics  Limited (HAL) will get an additional order to produce its own trainer the HTT-40.

The DAC also nominated state-run Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) to manufacture 12 specialised mine counter-measure vessels (MCMVs) for Rs 32,000 crore. 

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, chaired today’s DAC meeting  which the IAF, the DAC decided to but another 38 of the Pilatus PC-7 planes.  The original contract, signed in 2012,  for 75 aircraft had the option clause of buying 50 per cent under same terms and conditions for three years which is ending May 2015.

The IAF has so far inducted 59 Pilatus aircraft. IAF had calculated a requirement of 181 basic trainer aircraft (BTA) out of which 90 were supposed to be bought off the shelf and 91 made in India.  However, the UPA government decided to go in for 75 aircraft contract in the first phase in 2012 with a 50 per cent follow-on clause  -- that would be 38 planes.

The remaining requirement of the IAF --  some 78 planes -- will be met by the HAL, a company owned by the Ministry of Defence  which will supply its indigenously developed HTT-40. Adequate orders will be given to the HAL to make the development commercially viable.

The DAC deferred a decision on purchasing at least 15 US-2i amphibious aircraft from Japan. The plane will aid rapid induction of troops to tackle threats along the country’s 7,516 kms long coast line or in the remote island territories.

The plane produced by ShinMaywa has numerous roles. The 47-tonne aircraft, carrying 18 tonnes of load, can take off from, or land on, a 300-metre stretch of water or land, its four giant engines needing just seven seconds to get airborne. It has a range of over 4,500 km, it can patrol areas 1,800 km away, and react to an emergency by landing 30 armed troops.

India and Japan discussed a US-2 sale for the first time in 2011. There are seven US-2 in with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDS), the name of the Japanese navy.

In case of the mine sweeper vessels, the MoD in November last year scrapped the Rs 2,700-crore deal for acquiring two minesweeper ships from a South Korean firm under its ‘Make in India’ push. The DAC today nominated GSL to build 12 MCMVs under a project that will cost Rs 32,000 crore, defence sources said. The shipyard, has already invested about Rs 500 crore in setting up infrastructure for this order, will tie-up with a foreign firm if needed.

It also okayed the purchase of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft for the Indian Air Force to replace the one which had crashed in March last year killing five service personnel, including four officers, near Gwalior.

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