Pilatus has announced that the Indian Air Force has bought 75 PC-7 MkII turboprop training aircraft.
May 24: Pilatus has announced that the Indian Air Force has signed a contract for 75 PC-7 MkII turboprop training aircraft.
The 500 Million Swiss Francs contract will also provide an integrated ground based training system and a comprehensive logistics support package and also contains an option clause for extending the scope within three years.
Delivery of the aircraft and the complete training system is scheduled to commence in Q4 2012. The decision to select the PC-7 MkII training system was made after a thorough evaluation by the Indian Air Force, which looked “at all available options”, according to Pilatus.
Coupled to this award will be the establishment of in-country depot level maintenance capabilities, which includes the required transfer of technology to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), enabling in-country maintenance of the platform throughout its service life of over 30 years. Pilatus has also entered into a separate off-set contract with the Indian Government for 30% of the contract value.