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DefExpo 2020: Indian air worthiness changes promise disarray for military

7th February 2020 - 02:56 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in Delhi

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India’s new military projects such as trainers, transporters and fighters, as well as upgrade programmes, could face disruption following a recent directive by the Bengaluru-based Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) to stop issuance of design house approvals and renewals.

This will affect companies such as HAL and Bharat Electronics.

Starting immediately, the enlistment of contractors is closed and, only once a company is declared the lowest bidder, will a CEMILAC certification audit be carried out.

An-32s, for instance, require upgraded cockpits, but ‘we may find TV companies bidding!’ complained one military engineer.

The move has shocked professionals. As …

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