RfP for the Avros later this month
The $3 billion proposal to buy 56 transport aircraft to replace its fleet of aging Indian-made Hawker Siddeley 748M Avro aircraft has already got a clearance by the ministry of defence.
The Indian Air Force Chief Marshal NAK Browne on Tuesday, on the eve of the Aero India 2013, announced that the RfP for the replacement of 56 Avros in the air force will be issued by end of this month.
As reported by FE earlier, all the 56 Avros in service are scheduled to be phased out. IAF has given a proposal to MoD that they should exploit private industry in finding a replacement for these aircraft.
According to market estimates, the entire Avro replacement programme would be in the range of about $3 billion (approx Rs 13,500 crore) with the IAF's requirement of about 60 planes.
While several private companies have shown interest in the programme, there have also been some foreign proposals, especially from Ukrainian firm Antonov for a possible programme for replacing Avro.
The MoD's acquisition council gave the go-ahead to issue a global tender to procure the aircraft, of which the first 16 will be bought off the shelf likely from a foreign manufacturer. The remaining planes will have to be built in India through a partnership deal with indigenous aviation manufacturers.
The next 16 aircraft will have to have 30 % indigenous
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