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The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has floated a request for information (RFI) for the acquisition of an additional 106 Pilatus PC-7 MK II basic trainer aircraft (BTA).

To be acquired under the ‘Buy & Make (Indian)’ category as per the country’s defence procurement policy, the RFI seeks proposals from manufacturers for aircraft and equipment deliveries to be commenced by 2015 – 2016.

The Indian Air Force would take deliveries of all the ordered PC-7 MK II aircraft by 2020-21, according to The New Indian Express.

In May 2012, the Defence Ministry signed a contract with the Swiss firm for approximately 75 Pilatus trainers in a bid to constitute for the urgent requirement of around 181 basic trainer aircraft of to perform Stage-I of the flying training of its rookie pilots.

The current acquisition will be carried out under ‘Buy & Make (Indian)’ category, which requires Pilatus to form a joint venture with an Indian company to execute the deal.

"The Indian Air Force would take deliveries of all the ordered PC-7 MK II aircraft by 2020-21."

Of the overall 181 basic trainer aircraft, 75 will be built by Pilatus, with the remaining to be produced in India by local vendor.

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The last date for the RFI is 21 April 2014 upon which the request for proposals (RFP) will be issued to selected vendors, Flightglobal reported.

Additionally, the RFI requires the aircraft to have a minimum of 50% indigenous content on cost basis (for a specified list of items) as well as a minimum of 30% indigenous Indian content for applicable items.

The selected vendor should also supply three fixed based full mission simulators (FBFMS), two cockpit procedure trainers and three avionics part task trainers.

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