DAC defers Avro, Pilatus projects

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New Delhi | November 23, 2014 1:10 AM

Decision on the joint bid by Tata Sons and European company Airbus to replace Indian Air Force’s ageing...

Decision on the joint bid by Tata Sons and European company Airbus to replace Indian Air Force’s ageing Avro transport fleet was deferred by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by the new defence minister Manohar Parrikar. In addition, the procurement of 106 Pilatus basic trainer aircraft from Switzerland has also been put on hold.

As per sources in the ministry of defence, “The DAC has sought additional information on the multi-crore joint bid by Tata Sons and European firm Airbus to manufacture 56 transport aircraft to replace the Avro fleet. A similar decision was also taken on the proposal to acquire an additional 106 Swiss Pilatus basic trainer aircraft for the IAF at an estimated cost of about R8,200 crore.”

The DAC also approved the revised payment schedule of R7,160 crore for the IAF’s Integrated Air Command and Control System which aims to integrate all ground and air censors.

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