NEW DELHI – With India set to approve a $700 million deal with Switzerland’s Pilatus to purchase 75 new PC-7 basic propeller trainers, the Indian Air Force may also need to look outside the country for a fleet of intermediate jet trainers. The IAF had hoped the HAL-led indigenous HJT-36 Sitara intermediate trainer would be operational and begin deliveries by June, but it is a long way off from even initial operational clearance. From 2006 to 2010, the IAF contracted for 85 HJT-36 ...

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