The Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) HTT-40 basic trainer made its first flight on May 31.
The prototype (TSR 001) took off from HAL’s Bangalore Airport base at 09.15 with chief test pilot Gp Capt (Ret’d) Subramaniam at the controls and Gp Capt (Ret’d) Venugopal acting as observer. An HJT-16 Kiran Mk IA jet flew as a chase aircraft throughout the 15-minute test sortie.
The HTT-40 has been designed not only to meet the current requirements of the Indian Air Force but also with provision to expand its role to include weapons.
HAL began work on the aircraft in August 2013 and the detailed design phase was completed in May 2015, since which it has taken only a year to build and fly the first prototype. Almost 80% of the airframe will be made in India and HAL aims to have the aircraft certified by 2018.