High on the final contract for 83 Tejas Mk1A/Trainer fighter jets, State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) soon will be getting Request for quotation (RFQ) for Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) after the Ministry’s defence acquisition council (DAC) accorded its acceptance of necessity (AoN) for buying 106 HTT-40 last year.

HTT-40 demonstrated critical six-turn spin test capability last year, bringing it one step closer to the Full Operational Clearance (FOC). HTT-40 not only has fulfilled all the Air Staff Requirement (ASR) issued by Indian Air Force (IAF) but exceeded in many areas in trials. HTT-40 aircraft has undergone a string of elaborate tests at HAL that were monitored by the IAF team and it has been declared that it is safe for rookie pilots and meets the IAF’s exacting standards for trainer planes.

HTT-40 deal is expected to be around Rs 8,722.38 crore. HAL plans to also equip, HTT-40 with rockets and light bombs so that it can be marketed at the International market as Light Strike aircraft for operational in low conflict areas. HAL Chief has said that many countries have shown interest in the procurement of HTT-40.

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