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First Made in India Trainer Aircraft's Successfull Test Flight
Jun 20, 2016

India's indigenous basic trainer aircraft, Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 made its inaugural flight in Bengaluru recently in the presence of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

  • The two-seater aircraft designed and developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited was flown by Group Captain C Subramaniam and Group Captain Venugopal for about 10 to 15 minutes at the HAL airport.

  • Aimed at being used for the first stage training for all flying cadets of the three services, HTT-40 made its maiden flight on May 31.

  • Indian Air Force is expected to procure 70 HTT-40 aircraft.

  • Detailed design phase of HTT-40 was launched in August 2013 with HAL's internal funding and was completed in May 2015. From then, it has taken 12 months to fly the first prototype.

  • The team behind HTT-40 programme is "young" with an average age of 29 when it started.

  • The programme aims to achieve its operational clearance by 2018, and towards this the company will be manufacturing three prototypes and two static-test specimens.

  • Also, work has started on the stall and spin tests campaign in order to meet the project timeliness.

  • HAL would supply HTT-40 to the defence forces, it would be permitted to undertake certain percentage of export.

  • The aircraft on its third flight flew in heavy rains and successfully undertook wet runway landing.

  • Designed to meet the current demands of the Air Force, there was also a provision to include weapons for the trainer aircraft.

  • The indigenous content on HTT-40 is close to 80 per cent with about 75-plus systems out of the total 90 on the aircraft sourced from local players and sister divisions of HAL.

  • Almost 50 per cent of the 4,000-odd components on HTT-40 are manufactured by private players.

  • HTT-40 aircraft weighs about 2,800 kg and has Turbo Prop engine of 950 shp class.

Earlier, the IAF had blocked funding for HTT-40 by telling the defence ministry that the aircraft would be too expensive, heavy and not able to meet its needs. It had instead backed a Swiss trainer, the Pilatus PC-7 Mark II.

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