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Indian Air Force to get indigenous basic trainers

10th March 2023 - 01:00 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in Delhi


The Indian Air Force is buying 70 HTT-40 basic trainers from HAL. (Photo: Gordon Arthur)

India will fill a desperate need for basic trainer aircraft via an indigenous platform from HAL.

India’s MoD signed a contract with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to procure 70 HTT-40 basic trainer aircraft on 7 February.

Fulfilling the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) dire need for training ab initio pilots, the deal comes as a relief to HAL, as it had first proposed the project in 2013.

The IAF did not support HAL’s trainer then, and instead ordered 75 Pilatus PC-7 MkIIs. However, subsequent graft charges against Pilatus have turned full circle to the benefit of HAL.

The project is valued at $830 million, with full delivery within six years. The contract also includes options for

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Neelam Mathews


Neelam Mathews

Neelam Mathews was born in India and completed her education in London.

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