Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the DefExpo22 at Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre in Gandhinagar today. At the India Pavilion, the Prime Minister unveiled the HTT-40 – the indigenous trainer aircraft designed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
According to the ministry, the aircraft has state-of-the-art contemporary systems and has been designed with pilot-friendly features. With over 60% in-house parts and collaboration of private industry, it is a shining example of the vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.
The HTT-40 would be operated for basic flight training, aerobatics, instrument flying and close formation flights whereas its secondary roles would include navigation and night flying. It is a testament to the cutting-edge technology designed to meet the primary training needs of the Indian defense services, it said.
It boasts of unique features like running change-over of pilots, hot-refueling, and short-turnaround time. All the tests required for certification were completed in record 6 years from the 1st flight, the ministry told.
Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification
The HTT-40 has completed all systems tests, all PSQR performances, hot weather, sea level, cross-wind trials, and user-assisted technical trials. It demonstrated rainwater resistance. Provisional clearance for the airworthiness of the aircraft is received from the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC).
Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel, Governor of Gujarat, Acharya Devvrat, Union Minister of Defence, Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff, General Anil Chauhan, Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj Pande, Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari, Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R Hari Kumar, and Defence Secretary to Government of India, Ajay Kumar were present on occasion among others.