HAL HTT-40 Trainer aircraft,Indian Air force
The Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 aircraft project is a Hindustan Aeronautics limited (HAL) proposal for an indigenous replacement for the Indian Air force’s retired HPT-32 Deepak as a basic trainer.
The aircraft is in under development.The unit cost of the aircraft is $6.5 million.It is being designed for the IAF to perform Basic flying training,Aerobatics,instrument Flying,Navigation,night flying and close formation.The HTT-40 is a far superior aircraft and can deliver 40 hours of flying for the same cost an F-16 or MiG-29 will deliver in just one hour that’s why the plane gets the number in its name.There are expected to build 116 aircrafts.
Design and Features
The HTT-40 will be an all-metal tandem seat aircraft powered by a 950 hp turbo-prop engine that is capable of producing 710 kw of power.The aircraft has crew capacity of 2 members and gross weight of 2800 kg.The aircraft will be expected to have a maximum range of 1000km with the maximum speed of 600km/h and service ceiling of 6000m.
The HTT-40 will be integrated with modern Aircraft System.The cockpit will have Zero-Zero ejection seats and multifunctional displays.The cockpit is full Air conditioned and has Tandem seating.It can be armed with gun,rocket and bombs.
By the mid of 2012 IAF ordered 75 Pilatus PC-Mk IIs to fill the role envisioned for the HTT-40 and by September 2012 the HTT-40 was formerly rejected as its costs almost double than PC-7 MK II which is proven aircraft and already in service worldwide.But then later on HAL argue that the capability to build basic trainer is strategically vital.
On 28 February 2015,it was reported that Ministry of defence India has selected 68 HAL HTT-40 trainers and 38 Pilatus trainers to replace its current aircraft fleet stating that this move was “commercially feasible”.On June 2015,HAL choose the Honeywell Garrett TPE331-12B turboprop to power the trainer.