HAL chief calls up youth to take up flying as career

Anil Urs Bengaluru | Updated on January 13, 2018 Published on February 18, 2017

T Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL, with co-pilot Group Capt C Subramaniam on the indigenously built Basic Trainer Aircraft HTT-40

“It is a wonderful machine and my flying is intended to enthuse youngsters to look for flying as a career in defence or in aerospace as engineers and take-up challenging assignments”, said T Suvarna Raju, chairman and Managing Director, HAL.

Raju flew the indigenously built Basic Trainer Aircraft - ‘Hindustan Turbo-prop Trainer (HTT 40) at the Aero India 2017. The aircraft was co-piloted by Group Capt C Subramaniam (Retd).

HAL is making progress on the indigenous design, development and manufacture of a Basic Trainer Aircraft HTT - 40. The aircraft will be used for basic flight training, aerobatics, instrument flying and close-formation flights whereas its secondary roles would include navigation and night flying.

The company has allocated its own funds for the project. Two prototypes are being manufactured to speed up the flight trials and development process. HAL aims to get the aircraft certified in 2018. The project includes many first time initiatives such as Digital Mock up (DMU), real time systems clash analyses, laser tracking of assembly jigs and six degree of freedom.

Published on February 18, 2017
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