Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled HTT-40, an indigenous trainer aircraft designed and developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), at the India Pavilion during the 12th DefExpo in Gandhinagar on Wednesday.
With over 60 per cent indigenous equipment and collaboration with private industry, the aircraft has state-of-the-art contemporary systems and has been designed with pilot-friendly features.
According to the statement, the HTT-40 would be used for primary flight training, aerobatics, instrument flying and close formation flights whereas its secondary roles would include navigation and night flying and it is a testament to the cutting-edge technology designed to meet the primary training requirements of the Indian defence services.
Built around a meticulously-tested turbo-prop engine, the aircraft is equipped with the latest avionics, an air-conditioned cabin and ejection seats and has unique features like running change-over of pilots, hot-refuelling and short-turnaround time, according to the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
MoD said in a statement that the HTT-40 has completed all systems tests, all PSQR performances, hot weather, sea level and cross-wind trials and user-assisted technical trials. It has also demonstrated rainwater resistance.