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After the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on Thursday concluded a ?6,800 crore concluded contract for 70 Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) basic trainer aircraft (BTA), has been told that HAL plans to start deliveries from the financial year 2024-2025 onwards which is 36 months after the contract was concluded at an annual rate of 21 aircraft per year.

HAL plans to start with deliveries of 2 HTT-40 from Q4 2024-25 and ramp it up to 8 for 2025-26 and from 2026-27 rate of production will reach the peak of 21 aircraft annually.

IAF might be also looking at procuring 36 after the operationalization of the HTT-40 fleet in the IAF. HAL also has plans to develop an Armed variant of the HTT-40 to attract the attention of the countries that need such aircraft.

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