India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) recently signed a contract worth over USD 100 million with Honeywell for the supply and manufacture of 88 TPE331-12B engines/kits along with maintenance and support services in anticipation of Indian Air Force (IAF) orders soon.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in its annual report has said that it is looking forward to concluding a deal with the IAF for 70 units with provision for 38 more. HAL also has a forecasted export potential of 220 units.

According to HAL officials, the indigenous content on HTT-40 is close to 80 percent with about 75-plus systems out of the total 90 on the aircraft sourced from local players and sister divisions of HAL. Almost 50 percent of the 4,000-odd components on HTT-40 are manufactured by private players.

HTT-40 aircraft weighs about 2,800 kg and has a Turbo Prop engine of 950 shp class and is 20-25 percent cheaper than contemporary Basic Trainer Aircraft in its Class.

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