India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is awaiting a request for proposals (RFP) from the Indian Air Force (IAF) for its indigenously designed Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) aircraft.
Industry sources told Jane’s that the IAF’s “hesitation” in issuing the RFP has resulted in HAL’s board of directors delaying its decision to release INR1.8 billion (USD25.9 million) to upgrade the Honeywell TPE331-12B single-shaft turboprop engine that powers the trainer.
“By way of caution HAL’s board [of directors] has stipulated that the money should be paid [to Honeywell] once the IAF issues an RFP, so that recovery [of investment] is ensured,” HAL chairman R Madhavan told the Business Standard newspaper earlier this year, adding that this is the reason why HAL urgently wants an RFP from the service.
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