Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has received a Request for Proposal (RFP) from the Indian Air Force (IAF) for HTT-40 Basic Trainer at the ongoing Aero India 2021 in Bengaluru on Feb. 4.
The documents were handed over to R. Madhavan, Chairman of HAL, by Air Marshal Sandeep Singh, Deputy Chief of Air Staff (DCAS) and Mr. V. L. Kantha Rao, Director General (Acquisition) at Ministry of Defence.
The RFP is for 70 aircraft with additional clause for 38 more. The certification will be given against the Preliminary Staff Qualitative Requirements (PSQR). The production will take place at HAL’s two manufacturing units at Bengaluru and Nashik. The RFP has come within six years from the first flight of HAL which is shortest timeline in aircraft industry.
The trainer will have more than 60 percent indigenous content and is supported by agencies such as CEMILAC ( Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification), RDAQA (Regional Director Aeronautical Quality Assurance), ASTE (Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment) and others.
The HAL HTT-40 will replace the Indian Air Force’s retired HPT-32 Deepak as a basic trainer. It is an all-metal, tandem seat aircraft powered by a 1,100 hp (820 kW) turboprop engine.