Thursday, November 14, 2019

IAF may buy HAL's trainer aircraft, Air Chief to take sortie

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is likely to float a Request for Proposal (RFP) with the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) this December for purchasing homemade HTT-40 basic aircraft for training its pilots, sources said here on Wednesday.
Ahead of the proposed RFP, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria is scheduled to undertake a test flight of the HTT-40, short form for Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40, in Bengaluru on Thursday. The IAF will float the RFP if the aircraft is found to meet required standards for training new pilots.
"The Air Chief will fly an HTT 40 aircraft from the HAL Airport in Bengaluru on Thursday afternoon. He will fly the aircraft himself to assess its capabilities and flight worthiness," an HAL spokesperson told IANS.
The HTT-40 is a basic fixed-wing aircraft, designed and developed by the HAL, which can be used by the IAF for training and aerobatic purposes too, apart from night flying. With a maximum range of 1,000 km and a top speed of 450 mph, the tandem-seated aircraft has been designed to replace IAF's fleet of HPT-32 Deepak basic trainers, which have already been grounded following a series of accidents.
13/11/19 IANS/Economic Times
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