The defence ministry on Tuesday approved military procurement worth ₹ 8,722 crore including 106 basic trainer aircraft for the Indian Air Force, officials said. They said the basic trainer aircraft named HTT-40 will be procured from state-run aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
The procurement proposals were approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the defence ministry’s highest decision making body on procurement. The meeting was chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
In a statement, the defence ministry said the DAC also accorded approvals that are likely to speed up the procurement of AK-203 rifles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) “upgrades”.