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The De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar wit­nessed the in­au­gu­ral flight of In­dia’s own in­dige­nous HTT-40 (Ba­sic Trainer Air­craft - BTA) de­signed and devel­oped by the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL) on June 17, 2016, at HAL air­port. The air­craft was flown by Group Cap­tain C. Subra­ma­niam and Group Cap­tain Venu­gopal for about 15 min­utes.

While con­grat­u­lat­ing HAL, Par­rikar said: “The young team has taken a cal­cu­lated risk and they have flown the air­craft within one year and kept their as­sur­ance. The in­dige­nous con­tent on HTT-40 is close to 80 per cent. Al­most 50 per cent of the com­po­nents on HTT-40 are man­u­fac­tured by pri­vate play­ers of the In­dian aero­space ecosys­tem. Here, the role of pri­vate play­ers and MSMEs has been sig­nif­i­cant in the pro­duc­tion of parts. The IAF is pos­i­tive in all these de­vel­op­ments”.

T. Su­varna Raju, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, HAL, said: “We are ex­tremely happy that the air­craft had a flaw­less in­au­gu­ral flight in the pres­ence of the De­fence Min­is­ter. The project will now go in full throt­tle as we aim to get the air­craft cer­ti­fied in 2018. To­wards this, HAL will be man­u­fac­tur­ing three pro­to­types and two static test spec­i­mens”. HAL launched the de­tail de­sign of the air­craft by ear­mark­ing its in­ter­nal re­sources in Au­gust 2013. The de­tailed de­sign phase was com­pleted in May 2015 and from there it has taken only one year to fly the first pro­to­type.

The project in­cludes many first time ini­tia­tives such as dig­i­tal mock up (DMU), real time sys­tems clash analy­ses, laser track­ing of as­sem­bly jigs, six de­gree of free­dom, math­e­mat­i­cal model, com­plete glass cock­pit, etc. HTT-40 has been de­signed not only to meet the cur­rent re­quire­ment of the IAF but also it has pro­vi­sion for role ex­pan­sion to in­clude weapons for the trainer air­craft.

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