SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
More details of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) proposed Hindustan Lead-in Fighter Trainer (HLFT-42) aircraft have emerged after a promo video of the aircraft was tweeted by Retired IAF captain Harsh Vardhan Thakur, who is an experimental test pilot with HAL.
The aircraft shown is quite similar to the scale model that got leaked in tender documents but shows more details of upcoming aircraft like an infrared search and track (IRST) system, wingtip pylon with at least four hardpoints on each wing a frontal fuselage that seems to from Tejas Mk1 and small strakes attached to the air intakes that give it a familiar look to the air intakes that were there in the HF-24 fighter aircraft.
HLFT-42 also features eyelet-style variable exhaust, with a front nose section long enough to have a tandem seat cockpit that can accommodate very small-sized fire control radar.
According to HAL officials, HLFT-42 will be a single-engine fighter aircraft that will be all metal to reduce cost and will be powered likely by the F404 engine or Kaveri engine when it is ready for production.
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