Indian MoD approves procurements worth USD1.17 billion

by Rahul Bedi

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of indigenously developed platforms and weapon systems worth INR87.22 billion (USD1.17 billion) for the country’s three military services, including basic trainer aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

HAL’s HTT-40 basic turboprop trainer. The Indian MoD approved on 11 August the acquisition of 106 of these aircraft for the IAF. (HAL)

HAL’s HTT-40 basic turboprop trainer. The Indian MoD approved on 11 August the acquisition of 106 of these aircraft for the IAF. (HAL)

The Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) announced on 11 August that the MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh, agreed to acquire an initial 70 Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) aircraft from public-sector company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) following their certification.

An additional 36 tandem-seat HTT-40s are expected to be acquired thereafter, once the IAF has operationalised the first lot of trainers. A HTT-40 prototype powered by a Honeywell TPE331-12B turboprop engine made its maiden test flight in June 2016, following a six-year delay, but the aircraft has yet to enter series production.

The HTT-40 was developed to replace the HAL-designed HPT-32 Deepak, which was grounded in July 2009 following recurring accidents. Once inducted, the HTT-40 is meant to supplement 75 Pilatus PC-7 Mk II basic trainers that have been in IAF service since 2013.

The DAC also cleared the procurement of an unspecified number of upgraded 127 mm/64 cal ‘super rapid’ guns from state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) for fitment onto Indian Navy (IN) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) vessels.

Industry sources told Janes that the IN plans to arm an initial 13 frontline warships – including the indigenously designed and built Shivalik-class frigates and Delhi-class destroyers – with these guns.

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