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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), in its pursuit of developing the next-generation Hindustan Lead-in Fighter Trainer (HLFT-42) for the Indian Air Force, is contemplating the use of higher-thrust engines. HAL envisions that the current F414 GE engine may be replaced with more powerful engines for the production variant of these jets when they are ready to enter production.

HAL is actively engaged in the development of the Hindustan Lead-in Fighter Trainer (HLFT-42), which will serve as a crucial training platform for the Indian Air Force. While the project is currently in its infancy, HAL has expressed its intention to explore more powerful engine options for the production variant of the aircraft. This move aims to enhance the performance capabilities of the HLFT-42 and ensure that it meets the evolving requirements of the Indian Air Force.

During Aero India, HAL shared its inclination towards incorporating higher-thrust engines, surpassing the capabilities of the F414 GE engine, for the 16.5-ton Trainer/Fighter jet. The selection of a new 110kN-class engine is being considered the preferred choice for the aircraft’s development.

By opting for more powerful engines, HAL aims to elevate the performance and capabilities of the HLFT-42. The adoption of advanced engine technology will enable the aircraft to meet the requirements of modern training and combat scenarios effectively. Additionally, the development of indigenous engines aligned with the Make in India initiative will contribute to the growth of the domestic aerospace industry and bolster India’s self-reliance in defence manufacturing.

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