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.