Hindustan Aeronautics Limited on Thursday said the Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) aircraft had received its airworthiness certificate from the Military Airworthiness and Accreditation Center (CEMILAC) on June 6. Officials said the project set a record for the fastest to obtain certification from the first flight.
The certificate reads, “The HTT-40 base trainer aircraft designed and developed by the Aircraft Research and Design Center, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has been provisionally approved for airworthiness compliance. This certification has been issued by the Military Airworthiness and Certification Center (CEMILAC) Based on a comprehensive design evaluation, aircraft systems testing and comprehensive flight testing conducted by the HAL Flight Operations team along with pilots from the IAF (Indian Air Force).
The HTT-40 is a basic trainer aircraft developed by HAL for the Indian Air Force. The flight is being developed for the first stage of junior pilots. In the second phase of training, the pilots move to the Kiran Mark II trainer jet and the third phase includes training on an advanced Hawk jet. The three stages are necessary before a pilot can fly fighter planes.
The first prototype of the HTT-40 Trainer was rolled out from the Aircraft Research and Design Center (ARDC) hangar in February 2016. The locally built HTT-40 Trainer made its maiden flight in May 2016.
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A high-level source associated with the project told The Indian Express that the contract with the IAF is expected to be signed in October or November. “HTT-40 has already shown 10 cycles which exceeds expectations by 6 cycles by IAF. The first batch of aircraft will be delivered within 20 months from the date of signing the contract. The aircraft will be manufactured at HAL units in Bengaluru and Nasik and we have the capacity to manufacture 24,” the official said. plane a year.
In 2019, HAL said the HTT-40 had completed all major test points and met the Preliminary Personnel Quality Requirements (PSQR) issued by the Aviation Headquarters for the Basic Training Aircraft (BTA) program. During Aero India 2021, HAL received a Request for Proposal (RFP) from the IAF for its Core Trainer requirements. On November 14, 2019, former Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadurya made his first flight aboard the HTT-40 Basic Training Aircraft. During a sortie, he evaluated the aircraft’s flight characteristics, including stopping and turning.
One of the features of the aircraft is that it has a high rate of climb and can take off from short distances. The turboprop training aircraft with tandem seating will be used for basic flight training, including aerobatic, equipment flight, navigation, close formation and night flight.
In May 2012 the International Aeronautics Federation placed an order for 75 Pilatus PC-7 Mk II turboprop trainers to meet its requirements. In 2016, the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) approved the purchase of another 38 PC-7 Mark II aircraft. However, in 2019, the Department of Defense suspended commercial dealings with Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft Limited due to an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation into alleged irregularities in the 2012 aircraft purchase order. A plan to purchase 38 Pilatus aircraft was also suspended.
In 2015, HAL was completed with the HTT-40 design phase and the following year, the first prototype flew in the presence of former Defense Minister Manohar Parikhar. In 2020, the Ministry of Defense approved the purchase of 106 HTT-40 aircraft from HAL.