According to the most recent report by “New Indian Express,” Australia has not accepted India’s offer to supply 35 LCA LIFT, built by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), in response to the Request for Information (RFI) issued by the Royal Australian Air Force last year in a government to government (G2G) defence deal. Instead, Australia wants to keep the tender open.
In order to replace its current trainers, the Royal Australian Air Force intends to purchase LIFT aircraft. The following aircraft have been put up for bid: Boeing’s T-7A Red Hawk, BAE Systems’ improved Hawk AJT, Leonardo’s M-346 trainers, Korea Aerospace Industries’ T-50 advanced jet trainer, and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s LCA-LIFT aircraft.
The Indian government wanted to close a contract through a G2G deal and offered LCA LIFT at a price of $40 million per unit, but the Australian government declined. Even though the Indian LCA-LIFT, which is propelled by an American GE-F404 engine, is still in the running, the T-7A Red Hawk programme has a significant advantage because of the Royal Australian Air Force’s predominately American fleet.
A new variant to be used for training pilots on jets before they are assigned to squadrons will be developed as part of the spin-off programme LCA-LIFT. The Wide Area Display (WAD) will take the place of the earlier model’s three compact multi-function displays, and a new Head-Up Display will be featured on the HAL LCA-LIFT concept (HUD). The LCA-LIFT aircraft, which is currently in development and is anticipated to make its first flight in 2025, will be based on the LCA-Trainer aircraft.