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Pilatus or HAL's trainer: Parrikar's first 'Make' decision

HAL credibly claims it can build the HTT-40 basic trainer but IAF wants to import from swiss company Pilatus

Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar

In his first television interview as defence minister, aired on November 14, Manohar Parrikar regretted the military's "craze for importing everything", including relatively low-tech weaponry that could be designed and built in India. "First priority has to be to identify (equipment) for Indian Make and then for the imports, wherever required," stated Parrikar. On Saturday, Parrikar's resolve will be tested at his first Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, which clears high-value military procurements. The DAC will decide on the Indian Air Force (IAF) ...