India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in its Annual report has confirmed that the company has launched new platform design and development programs such as Hindustan Lead-in Fighter Trainer-42. HLFT-42 will be based on the Tejas Trainer airframe that was showcased for the first time as a Supersonic Omni Role Trainer Aircraft (SpORT) at the Aero India 2019.

Initially conceived as SpORT so that HAL can participate in the USAF’s T-X program for new-generation trainers that was later won by the Boeing-Saab offer, now same has been offered in response to the request for information (RFI) from the Australian DoD for the Air 6002 Phase 1 requirement issued for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

HLFT-42 program aims to bridge the gap in pilot training to command front-line fighters after pilots have completed its 3rd stage training board Hawk 132 AJTs. HLFT-42 will incorporate a wide area display, side-stick controller, Helmet Mounted Display, Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, and In-flight refueling probe for advance training.

HLFT-42 with help of customized mission control software will be able to mimic the control and flight pattern of any other modern fighter jets like Su-30 and Rafale which will reduce the type training aircraft of each squadron for new pilots to be assigned. Pilots will be familiar with the aircraft they will eventually fly even before they do it so that it will reduce overload on twin-seater aircraft of each aircraft type.

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