Nothing much has moved on the BEML and the Embraer side. You can safely forget the BEML project now with the fiasco that they find themselves in. Truth be told, I don't trust them to be able to produce anything. They would have assembled in any case, like they did for the Tatra. And if they cannot modify the steering wheel of a truck, forget a top of the line trainer aircraft. And if Gen Singh is correct about the service support, I would pray that BEML never produces a trainer.
totally agree. no issue there. however -
IAF will induct the 75 trainer planes from Pilatus. Some of these planes will be imported straight from Switzerland, the rest will be produced at HAL in batches from CKDs, and SKDs.
Apart from the above, HAL is going to build an indigeneous trainer on its own called HTT-40. The effort is already underway since January 2012. They floated a tender for engines for the same. They are going to place a firm order of 124 engines, with a possibility of 300 more engines in the next 10 years. I provided some details on the same in the last page of this same thread.
look at this to which i alluded to last -
In addition to buying 75 Pilatus trainers in fly-away condition from Switzerland, the IAF has asked Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to develop an indigenous trainer aircraft (dubbed the Hindustan Turbo Trainer – 40, or HTT-40), and to build 106 of those trainers for the IAF.from here
But the MoD and HAL have dragged their feet on this indigenous project, says Pushpindar Singh, editor of Vayu aerospace magazine. “Since HAL has made little headway so far, they could end up building 106 PC-7 Mark II trainers under licence from Pilatus, instead of developing an indigenous trainer. That would be an opportunity lost,” says Singh.
things seem pretty clear. IAF wants HTT-40 to be skd/ckd build by HAL!! remember 106 is the number of Pilatus HAL will build.
in the absence of a basic trainer 'selected' the HAL effort was worth - provided IAF had agreed to - which was not the case. now that Pilatus is selected, what will HAL achieve with the indigenous effort?? who are they going to sell?? IAF will get Pilatus. why would HAL waste funds into a venture which the user is not interested like Arjun!! in any case HAL would be busy with Pilatus prod with SKD/CKD which they have always been comfortable with.
IMO HTT-40 may have been a plan but is super ceded with Pilatus.