India-Made Trainer Aircraft Undertakes Inaugural Flight Today


Bengaluru: Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40), India’s indigenous basic trainer aircraft, undertakes the inaugural flight on Friday. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will be present on the occasion.

The inaugural flight of HTT-40, designed and developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, is likely to take place at 09.15 am at the HAL Airport here.

The sortie is expected to take place for about 25-30 minutes, HAL officials told PTI. Aimed at being used for the first stage training for all flying cadets of the three services, HTT-40 had made its maiden flight after much delay on May 31.

Officials said detailed design phase of HTT-40 was launched in August 2013 with HAL’s internal funding and was completed in May 2015 and from there it has taken 12 months to fly the first prototype.

The Indian Air Force is expected to procure 70 HTT-40 aircraft. HAL has said that 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. Designed to meet the current demands of the Air Force, there is also a provision to include weapons for the trainer aircraft.

According to officials, the indigenous content on HTT-40 is close to 80 percent with about 75 plus systems out of the total 90 on the aircraft sourced from local players and sister divisions of HAL.

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