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HAL conducts spin test of basic trainer aircraft

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

State-run on Friday conducted the testing of its basic with controls in the of Bengaluru.

"Our test pilots Group (retired) K.K. Venugopal and Group (retired) S. Chakki flew the aircraft for the maiden testing at the military airport," said the city-based defence behemoth in a statement.

The aircraft was tested to take two turn spins and subsequently recovering through controls.

A is used to train the pilots in flying at the in Dundigal, about 35km from in Telangana.

The testing gives a boost to HAL and its ability in designing a spin-worthy aircraft, the defence firm's (CMD) said in the statement.

Spin testing is a critical aspect of testing of any aircraft development programme.

HAL's (ARDC) had conducted wind tunnel testing and mathematical model analyses to arrive at the spin characteristics of the aircraft, the statement said.

"The study is put to test during the first few moments of spin testing," it added.

According to HAL's Engineering and Research and Development (R&D) Arup Chatterjee, the test points were met and the spin completion is the last metric which needs to be accomplished before an aircraft enters service.

"exceeds the qualitative requirements on most fronts and offers a technologically advanced product than its competitor," the statement added.

The project, which began in August 2013 with internal funding, reached spin testing in five years.

The (DAC) has approved the procurement of 70 basic from HAL in 2015.

The production clearance for the is expected by this year-end, the statement added.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 20:20 IST
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