IAF Needs Urgent Basic Trainer Procurement

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is facing a crisis in its pilot training schedule after grounding its entire fleet of Hindustan Piston Trainer 32 (HPT-32) Deepak basic trainer aircraft following a series of fatal accidents. Stage 1 of the IAF’s pilot training programme has been severely disrupted as a result, at a time when Stage 2 and 3 are also under pressure due to procurement delays. The IAF is now demanding the immediate procurement of 200 basic trainers from overseas to cope with the...
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