HAL's Aatmanirbhar Formation Flight at Aero India 2021

HAL to showcase 'Aatmanirbhar Formation Flight' at Aero India-2021

HAL will showcase its prowess in defence and aerospace at the hybrid exhibition

Preparations for the upcoming Aero India 2021 at Air force Station Yelahanka, which begins from February 3, in Bengaluru. Credit: DH Photo/B H Shivakumar

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited will mount a special flying display of the company’s indigenously developed aircraft at Aero India which it has titled the “Aatmanirbhar Formation Flight.”

The formation flight will consist of nine fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. The company said its involvement in Aero India, which will start on February 3 at Yelahanka Air Force Station, is centered around the theme of: “Conceive. Indigenise. Collaborate.”

Featured will be the LCA trainer (LIFT Trainer), the HTT-40, IJT, the Advanced Hawk Mk 132 and the Civil Do-228, which HAL said showcase the “spectrum of trainers and signifying self-sufficiency in the trainer segment.”

Other aircraft to participate in the flight are the Sukhoi Su-30 MKI, the advanced light helicopter (ALH) Dhruv, the light combat helicopter (LCH) and the light utility helicopter (LUH). 

The HTT-40, Advanced Hawk Mk 132 and Civil Do-228 will also be available for customer demonstration flights. Aircraft on static display will include Do 228, Hindustan Turbo Trainer (HTT)-40 and LUH and ALH Mk III.

HAL said it will also showcase its combat air teaming system (CATS) simulator at the expo. The simulator will use the Tejas–Max cockpit as the mothership platform with embedded air teaming intelligence concepts. The objective is to demonstrate full integration of the system as well as autonomous wingman platforms and swarming of drones to engage in the mission. Immersive mission visualization will be projected over a wider screen apart from the command and display at Tejas-Max cockpit.