New Delhi: In order to fulfill the requirement of the Indian Air Force, Defence Ministry has given its nod to purchase 56 Avro aircrafts for the Army. Defence procurement council headed by the Minister AK Antony has inked the deal worth Rs 12 thousand crore.

Initially 16 aircrafts will be purchased out of 56 planes, while in the second phase 16 planes will be bought which 30 percent components will be developed in India.

When asked about keeping the deal out of HAL ambit, sources said that there is already enough work load on the public limited company which is responsible for manufacturing fighter planes like MIG and Sukhoi.

The deal would also give chance to indigenous companies to prosper.

Also requirement of replacing age old AVERO aircrafts with new ones was being felt since a long time.

Remarkably, AVERO planes are capable of transporting army goods weighing approximately 8 tonnes.


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