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State-owned company HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) has announced plans to collaborate with private sector companies to develop the HLFT-42 ‘Next Gen Supersonic Trainer.’ This advanced trainer aircraft is expected to play a critical role in modern combat aircraft training, equipped with cutting-edge avionics such as Active Electronically Scanned Array, Electronic Warfare Suite, Infrared Search and Track (IRST), and Fly By Wire control (FBW) system.

The project, initially conceptualized by HAL in 2017, has made progress in terms of design and development. The HLFT-42 is intended to support the training needs of various aircraft models, including LCA Mk II, Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), and Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA). Additionally, HAL is also seeking a next-generation aero-engine with higher thrust capabilities for the aircraft.

According to HAL officials, the project’s key elements, including wind tunnel testing and fabrication of the actual aircraft, are estimated to take an additional two years to complete. HAL’s engagement with private sector companies aims to leverage their expertise and resources in accelerating the development process of the HLFT-42.

Once completed, the HLFT-42 ‘Next Gen Supersonic Trainer’ is expected to contribute significantly to the training of pilots for modern combat aircraft, incorporating state-of-the-art technology and advanced features to enhance training effectiveness and prepare pilots for the complexities of contemporary aerial warfare.

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