The Indian air force is in discussion with Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics to finalise the configuration and performance parameters of a new ab initio trainer that will replace its piston-engined HPT-32 Deepaks by 2014.

The HAL-built HPT-32 has been in use since 1984, and its turboprop-powered replacement is proposed as featuring a glass cockpit with head-up displays and ejection seats. HAL sources say the new aircraft should also have a tandem-seat configuration, retractable landing gear, an operating ceiling of 19,700ft (6,000m) and a maximum speed of up to 216kt (400km/h).


Source: Flight International