The Russian AL-55I engine intended for HJT-36 trainer of the Indian air forces has put in a strong performance, ARMS-TASS reports with reference to the managing director of NPO Saturn, Ilya Fedorov.
"HJT-36 aircraft developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is performing flights normally and it is the Indian pride. It is the first jet developed and manufactured by India. The customer is satisfied with the key engine parameters. There were no incidents or crashes caused by the engine fault. We are proud too. Two contracts have been performed; research and development activities have been completed. At present four more engines are awaiting for their aircraft in India", - Fedorov said.
The engine has been created in only three years. The research and development activities on AL-55I’s resource enhancement to 300 hours are being carried out in the network of the contract with HAL. The program for production of new batch of 10 engines is being implemented. The engines should be delivered in 2011-2012.
"I believe it is no secret that a follow-on contract will be signed", - managing director of NPO Saturn said.