Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)’s HTT 40 Basic Trainer Aircraft began its in-flight `spin test’ by successfully entering in to two turn spin and subsequently recovering with the appropriate controls.
The Indian MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved procurement of 70 Basic Trainer Aircraft from HAL. The production clearance for HTT 40 is expected to be accorded by the end of this year.
Arup Chatterjee, Director (Engg and R&D) at HAL said test points have been met and the spin completion is the last metric which needs to be accomplished before the aircraft enters service. The HTT 40 exceeds the Preliminary Services Qualitative Requirements (of the Indian Air Force) on most fronts and offers a technologically advanced product than its competitor.
Two test pilots undertook the first ever spin entry testing Friday. The stall testing was already completed and the project galloped its way to spin tests.
HAL Chairman R. Madhavan said that the successful start of the spin testing gives a boost to HAL and also restores credibility of HAL in successfully designing a spin worthy aircraft.
The spin testing is the most crucial and challenging aspect of flight testing of any aircraft development programme. HAL’s Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) had conducted extensive wind tunnel testing and mathematical model analyses to arrive at the spin chacteristics of the aircraft. The entire study is put to test during those first few moments of spin testing.
The project started its detail design in August 2013 with internal funding and quickly made its way to the spin tests in matter of five years.
The project has stuck to committed milestones there by setting newer benchmarks in project execution and management (for HAL), a HAL release said.
Over 80 potential suppliers from India and abroad participated at Hindustan Aeronautics LimitedH(AL)s 5th Global Vendors Meet held on Tuesday. In his inaugural address, HAL Chairman T Suvarna Raju said, “HAL is looking to produce 100 basic trainer aircraft HTT-40 soon once spin tests are completed in the coming months
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd has planned to equip HTT-40 two-place turbine basic trainer aircraft with Hartzell Propeller's four-blade lightweight aluminum propeller. The new indigenous HTT-40 is designed and built by HAL under the country's Make In India initiative
The Indian Air Force will induct indigenous HTT 40 basic trainers in ‘large numbers to boost domestic capability. IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on Thursday speaking at a seminar said, “Although the IAF was keen on Swiss trainers earlier, now plans to induct home-grown HTT-40 trainer aircraft
Indian state-run Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) completed the maiden trail flight of its indigenous basic trainer HTT-40 (Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40) Tuesday. The first flight took off around 8 in the morning in Bengaluru
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