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Indian air force poised for basic trainer fly-off

India's air force expects to kick off flight evaluations with the candidates for its replacement basic trainer requirement at Jamnagar air base later this month.

Vying for the planned 75-aircraft deal are the Alenia Aermacchi M-311, Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano, Grob G120TP, Korea Aerospace Industries KT-1 and Pilatus PC-7.

To be acquired off the shelf, the selected type will replace the air force's grounded Hindustan HPT-32 Deepaks. In all, the service has a projected need for 181 new basic trainers.

Under current plans, the selected manufacturer will be required to deliver an initial batch of 12 aircraft within two years of a contract signature.

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