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Indian homegrown basic trainers cleared for take-off

13th August 2020 - 23:00 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in Delhi


India is relying on homegrown expertise to produce its HTT-40 aircraft to address basic training of Indian Air Force (IAF) rookie pilots. 

With prototypes ready and certification to be completed by December, the Defence Acquisition Council approved procurement of 106 HTT-40s from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on 11 August.

Seventy trainers manufactured in Bangalore will be procured initially, and 36 more after the HTT-40 becomes operational within the IAF.

Once signed, the contract will be worth around $1 billion. While the lead time for manufacture of fighters is around three years, the basic trainer will require less time, though one

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Neelam Mathews


Neelam Mathews

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

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