Thursday, July 28, 2022

HAL signs whopping $100 million deal for indigenous trainer aircraft engines

India’s largest Defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has inked a whopping $100 million deal with US conglomerate Honeywell, for 88 engines to bolster the indigenous Hindustan Turbo Trainer – 40 (HTT-40), which provides initial flying training to Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots.

The Basic Trainer Aircraft (HTT-40) was built indigenously by HAL, which will be now powered by TPE331-12 family of engines from Honeywell.

“HAL signed a contract worth over $100 million for supply and manufacture of 88 TPE331-12B engines/kits along with maintenance and support services to power the HTT-40,” HAL stated in a press announcement.

The contract was signed by Senior Director of OE Sales (Honeywell Defense and Space), Eric Walters, and Executive Director (E & IMGT) B Krishna Kumar, in the presence of Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of HAL, R Madhavan.

Speaking on the requirement of the trainer aircraft HAL’s Chairman and Managing Director R Madhavan said, “HAL has successfully developed Basic Trainer Aircraft (HTT-40) to address the basic training requirements of the Indian Air Force (IAF). There is a potential requirement of 70 aircraft. The contract for the same with IAF is under advanced stage of approval.”

28/07/22 PBNS/NewsOnAir

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