India’s domestically developed Hindustan Turbo Trainer (HTT-40) aircraft recently received its airworthiness clearance certificate from the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification which is often seen as the last step before manufacturing of any aircraft commences in the country.
Airworthiness Certification for the HAL HTT-40 basic turboprop trainer paves the way for the aircraft’s eventual induction into the Indian Air Force. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s officials have confirmed that the company can manufacture 24 aircraft per year across too manufacturing facilities at Bangalore and Nasik, if required by the Air force for which the company has responded with its offer, that is currently under examination at the Airforce Head Quarter.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited received a Request for Proposal from the Indian Air Force for their Basic Trainers requirement at the Aero India 2021 in Bengaluru, which was for 70 HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft with provision for 38 more.
HAL officials have confirmed that from the date of contract the first aircraft will be rolled out on the 20th month reaching 12 aircraft per year in the first two years, the company claims it can scale up manufacturing to 24 aircraft per year if requested by the IAF.