The state-owned HAL is banking on its expertise to replace the engine and avionics of the Avro fleet as the reports of fresh procurements with Tata-Airbus were rife
The Indian Air Force is speeding up its drive for new transport aircraft procurement. After a long gap of 6 years, the IAF’s efforts to replace its ageing Avro Hawker Siddeley HS748 fleet is gathering steam, and the C-295 transport aircraft of the Tata-Airbus combine are being reportedly seen as the top contenders to replace the 56 vintage aircraft.
According to the Economic Times report, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. has now entered the fray, proposing engine and avionics replacements of the Avro aircraft to increase their service span. The state-owned HAL has expressed confidence that the fleet can stay afloat with appropriate upgradations, for another two decades.
The HAL PRO when contacted over the phone declined to comment on the developments, saying the details would be made public soon.
The newly proposed C-295 transport aircraft, to be manufactured in India, will increase the versatility of the transport fleet; their short-field performance, higher payload carrying capability and rear ramp for loading set the aircraft apart.
While the proposal being comparatively cheaper for the IAF, if approved, could prove to be a short in the arm for the beleaguered public sector company.