May 22, 2019
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HTT-40: The basic trainer to be made in India

Indian Air Force is not only bedevilled with its fighter strength, even the easily available cheap Basic Trainer Aircraft are facing supply issues.

Whether to depend exclusively on the already inducted Swiss Pilatus and order the entire requirement of 181 for the rookie pilots of the IAF or to encourage the domestic manufacture of indigenous trainer by HAL, which has been designed and developed by the Indian aviation engineers, has been an issue between Vayu Bhawan - the headquarters of the IAF and the South Block, the integrated headquarters of the Ministry of Defence.

The indigenous developer of the aircraft the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has been promising the IAF the domestic version the BTA designed and developed by them, yet the IAF has been paying scant attention to the indigenous BTT-40 trainer aircraft, displaying lack of confidence on the HAL on its ability to deliver the aircraft by not only fulfilling its technical requirement but on time delivery.

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