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Public sector aerospace and defence major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has unveiled indigenous Basic Trainer

Aircraft (BTA) HTT-40 in BengaluruPublic sector aerospace Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on 17 June 2016 unveiled indigenous Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) HTT-40 in Bengaluru.
•    The aircraft made its maiden flight at HAL Airport in Bengaluru and was flown by Group Captain C Subramaniam and Group Captain Venugopal for about 10 to 15 minutes.
•    Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) is two-seater aircraft designed and developed indigenously by the HAL. 
•    The aircraft weighs about 2800 kg and has Turbo Prop engine of 950 shp class. 
•    Almost 50 percent of the components on HTT-40 are manufactured by private players of the Indian aerospace manufacturers. 
•    The indigenous content on HTT-40 is close to 80 percent.
•    HTT-40 will be used for the first-stage training for all flying cadets of the three services. 
•    The programme aims to achieve its operational clearance by 2018.
•    Moreover, it will be used to meet the current requirement of the Indian Air Force with the provision for role expansion to attach weapons to the trainer aircraft.