IAF To Procure Two Fixed Base Full Mission Simulators For Its Jaguar Aircraft From HAL For Rs 357 Crore(Representative Image)

The government has signed a contract for procurement of two Fixed Base Full Mission Simulators (FBFMS) for Indian Air Force's (IAF) Jaguar aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), with five years Comprehensive Annual Maintenance Contract (CAMC) at a combined total cost of Rs 357 crore.

These simulators would be installed at Air Force stations in Jamnagar and Gorakhpur.

"Under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, India is continuously growing in its power to indigenously design, develop and manufacture advanced cutting-edge technologies and systems in the Defence Sector," the Defence Ministry said in a statement on Thursday (18 November).

The manufacturing of Fixed Base Full Mission Simulator (FBFMS) by HAL will give a further push to the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative and boost indigenization of defence production and the defence industry in the country, it added.

The commissioning of the first FBFMS with associated equipment will be completed within 27 months from the contract at Air Force Station Jamnagar and the second FBFMS shall be completed within 36 months from the contract at Air Force Station, Gorakhpur, the ministry said.

With the procurement of these simulators, IAF will enhance the quality of flying training to higher standards by exposing the pilots to various contingencies in the entire operating envelope including simulation of advanced long-range weapons, the ministry added.

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