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State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) was recently awarded a contract worth Rs 6,828 crore for manufacturing 70 HTT-40 aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided that the Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) will be manufactured in Bangalore and Nashik instead of having only one production line at Nashik.

HAL has not allocated the number of aircraft that will be manufactured at each facility but the majority will likely be done at the Nashik facility that has been lying idle after the closure of the Sukhoi-30MKI production line and a small area will also cater to the assembly of 5 LCA-Tejas jets.

HAL is also expecting IAF to place a follow on orders for 38 more HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft at a later stage with the production HTT-40 rollout planned from 2025 onwards with production to begin from 2024 onwards.

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