Indigenous trainer aircraft HTT-40 makes its inaugural flight

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htt40Indigenous Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) made its inaugural flight on 17 June in the presence of defence minister Manohar Parrikar.

Designed and developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, the aircraft was flown by Group Captain C Subramaniam and Group Captain Venugopal for around 10 to 15 minutes at the HAL airport here.

HTT-40, a two seater aircraft, will be used for the first-stage training for all flying cadets of the three services. Indian Air Force is likely to buy 70 of these aircraft.

Parrikar, who witnessed the inaugural flight of HTT-40 prototype developed by HAL, said the defence firm needed to focus on its after-sales servicing too.

Commending the team that delivered the aircraft within the deadline, he said: “This aircraft has good potential and the government has shown its commitment.”

Unlike Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas and other projects, dependent on advances from the government in the development stages, the HAL has earmarked Rs 350 crore from its own funds for the project.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, sources said, had also taken stock of the aircraft.