SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) plans to display a scale model of the upcoming Hindustan Lead-in Fighter Trainer (HLFT-42) aircraft that it wants to offer as a low-cost Lead-in Fighter Trainer for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and also compete in International markets against Korean T-50 and Chinese Hongdu JL-10 Lead-in Fighter Trainer aircraft.
At first look, it seems it has small strakes attached to the air intakes that give it a familiar look to the air intakes that were there in the HF-24 fighter aircraft that was first developed in the early 60 by HAL under the guidance of German Kurt Tank.
HLFT-42 also features eyelet-style variable exhaust, with a front nose section long enough to have a tandem seat cockpit that can accommodate very small-sized fire control radar.
HLFT-42 will be a single-engine fighter aircraft that will be all metal to reduce cost and will be powered likely by the F404 engine or Kaveri engine when it is ready for production.
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