World manufacturers of turboprop trainers are reported to have been invited to submit their bids before March 17 for supplying the Indian Air Force with a replacement for its current fleet of piston-powered HPT-32s. Requirements are for 75 primary/basic instructional aircraft, of which the first 12 are to be delivered within two years of contract signature, although the eventual need could be 181. No mention is made of local manufacture under license. Indeed, the urgency is such that no ...

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