India set to decide big military aircraft deals | idrw.org . India set to decide big military aircraft deals . India is set to decide on the worldâ€™s biggest combat aircraft deal of this century yet as well as those for new combat, utility and heavy lift helicopters within the next few days, weeks, or months, but all within 2011. Chief of Air Staff of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal P V Naik, told India Strategic defence magazine (..:: India Strategic ::.. Home Page: The authoritative monthly on Defence and Strategic Affairs.) that the commercial bids of the two finalists in the race for 126-plus Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCAs) would be opened mid-June (possibly before the Paris Air Show beginning June 20), while those of the combat, heavy lift and utility helicopters and the basic trainer aircraftâ€œanytime between the next few days to few weeks.â€ . IAF had already finalized its choice for the combat helicopter while that of the utility helicopter had also been through with the Indian Army, which is the lead buyer in this case. IAF will follow and buy the same helicopter. As for the heavy lift helicopter, â€œthe final report can be expected within the few days, . Basic Trainer Aircraft. . In the basic trainer role, Swiss Pilatus 7. Korean KT 1 and US Beechcraft T 6 have been short- listed by the IAF, and the finalist is also due to be announced. . AWACS. . Air Chief Marshal disclosed that the last of the three Phalcon AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control Systems Aircraft) had arrived in India in March and deployed. Two more AWACS mounted on IL 76 platforms had also been ordered. . Transport Aircraft . Notably, IAF has already finalized a deal to acquire 10 Boeing C 17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft, and there is a decision to add six andâ€œsome moreâ€ later. It may be noted that as most deals involve Transfer of Technologies and offsets, there are still additional costs as the manufacturers pass various charges essentially to the buyer. The support infrastructure is in place, on time, he said adding: â€œThere are plans to acquire an additional six C 130J through the same Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route from the US Government.