Mr T Su­varna Raju, Chair­man / MD Hin­dus­tan Aeronautics Lim­ited

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation Defence & Inindia -

Ba­sic trainer air­craft Hin­dus­tan Turbo Trainer- 40 ( HTT- 40) has been de­vel­oped with in­ter­nal funding. The maiden flight of the first pro­to­type (PT-1) took place in May 2016. Presently, PT-1 is un­der flight tri­als. Ad­di­tion­ally, two more pro­to­types are be­ing manufactured to speed up the flight tri­als and de­vel­op­ment process. The project is go­ing on in full throt­tle as we aim to get the air­craft cer­ti­fied in 2018. Af­ter this se­ries pro­duc­tion would fol­low.

HAL has suc­cess­fully car­ried out the first tech­ni­cal flight of pro­to­type (PT-1) of LUH in Septem­ber 2016. LUH PT-1 is cur­rently un­der flight tri­als and HAL plans to build two more pro­to­types to ac­cel­er­ate the de­vel­op­ment in or­der to achieve cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by De­cem­ber 2017. Se­ries pro­duc­tion of the LUH would fol­low at the new fa­cil­ity com­ing up at Tu­makuru near Ben­galuru.

The de­sign and de­vel­op­ment of a 25 kN tur­bo­fan en­gine (HTFE-25) is mak­ing good progress since the en­gine’s inau­gu­ral run in De­cem­ber 2015. HAL has car­ried out more than 100 trial runs and also achieved en­gine run at 100% RPM. This en­gine can be used on trainer air­craft apart from busi­ness and ex­ec­u­tive jets.

An­other en­gine cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped is 1200 kW tur­boshaft en­gine ( HTSE- 1200). The De­sign Con­cept Doc­u­ment has been pre­pared and re­leased, with de­sign op­ti­mi­sa­tion and de­tail de­sign

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