India: HTT-40 training aircraft ready for operational clearance

The Indian company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) announced on Tweeter that its HTT-40 trainer aircraft completed its spin certification flight testing. The aircraft has already demonstrated ten turn spins and is ready for operational clearance.

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India HTT 40 training aircraft ready for operational clearance HAL HTT-40 (Picture source:Hindustan Aeronautics Limited)

The HAL HTT-40 (Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40) is an Indian training aircraft designed and built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The HTT-40 is an all-metal, tandem seat aircraft powered by a 1,100 hp (820 kW) turboprop engine. It will replace the Indian Air Force's retired HPT-32 Deepak as a basic trainer. HAL rolled out the first prototype on 2 February 2016 and it first flew on 31 May 2016.

On 28 February 2015, it was reported that the Indian defense ministry had selected 68 HAL HTT-40 trainers and 38 Pilatus trainers to replace its current trainer fleet, stating that this move was "commercially viable".