India relaxes Pilatus ban

09 October 2019

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) partially lifted its one-year prohibition on doing business with Pilatus on 7 October - but only if the Swiss aircraft manufacturer meets certain stipulations.

Under the 7 October announcement, the Indian Air Force (IAF) can now access spare parts and maintenance support for its fleet of 75 Pilatus PC-7 Mk II tandem-seat basic trainer aircraft, which were ordered for about USD1 billion in 2012 to replace Deepak HPT‐32s. The contract included offset obligations.

However, there are several provisos: the IAF must obtain a 'mean time between failures'-linked warranty from Pilatus in the next three or four months and make headway on the follow-on support contract for the PC-7 fleet as soon as possible.

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