Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee told the Rajya Sabha, or upper house of parliament, 75 Indian air force pilots will train in Britain for the AJTs in the next 3 1/2 years. He said 24 of 66 AJTs will be delivered by February 2008. The rest will be delivered between March 2008 and May 2010.
The $1.4 billion deal will help India overhaul its aging fleet of Soviet-era MiG fighters.
In other defense-related news, Russia's state-run Rosoboronexport, a top arms exporter, said it would set up an India-based joint venture with the Bombay-based Krasny Marine Services Pvt. Ltd. to retrofit naval ships and submarines from around the world.