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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

State-run aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) recently announced that Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) has been granted spin certification after it performed ten turn spins and limited serial production is likely to being by end of this year.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) also received a Request for Proposal (RFP) from the Indian Air Force (IAF) for their Basic Trainers requirement at the Aero India 2021 in Bengaluru on February 04, 2021. The RFP is for 70 HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) with provision for 38 more. IAF has not asked HTT-40 BTA to be provided in Weaponized configuration, but HAL is keen to have a Weaponized Variant considering it requirements in the export market.

HAL plans to develop a Weaponized Variant of the HTT-40 keeping in mind the requirements of the potential export market where it can be used as a light attack aircraft in lesser contested airspace . Weaponized HTT-40 will have the ability to carry Two High-speed low drag (HSLD) bombs and Two R-73 short-range air-to-air missiles developed by Vympel NPO along with drop tanks has been proposed as its weapon configuration for which computer simulation and wind tunnel trials might be carried out in 2022 as informed to idrw.org.

idrw.org also has been informed many countries in past and have shown key interested in the HTT-40 program and some countries also have also enquired if it can be armed. Since the majority of the enquires have come for the Weaponized HTT-40, HAL is keen to develop it on a war footing and start its trial from 2024-25 onwards.

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