JNARDDC gets airframe of trainer aircraft

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Nov 2018 10:36:14



By Kaushik Bhattacharya,

Indian Air Force (IAF) has gifted an airframe of HAL’s HPT-32 (Deepak) to Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre (JNARDDC). The trainer aircraft was decommissioned from the service of IAF.

JNARDDC is an autonomous body under Ministry of Mines, Government of India, which provides major financial support to the centre for its research activities in the field of Aluminium. The centre is recognised as a scientific and industrial research organisation by the Department of Scientific & Industrial research. As per the demand raised by JNARDDC, IAF obliged the organisation by presenting the trainer aircraft. IAF allots such decommissioned airframes to Ministry of Defence (MoD) organisations including Defence PSUs and other Central Government organisations free of cost.

JNARDDC is planning to work in the field of aerospace, specially in small components of airframe that will help in reducing the weight. Keeping this future prospect in mind, JNARDDC sought an aircraft from the IAF for display.

“Both civil and military aircraft are made up of high-strength aluminium alloys and the airframe would be a source of inspiration for present and future scientists of the organisation,” said Dr Anupam Agnihotri, Director, JNARDDC.HPT-32 (Deepak) is an indigenous aircraft that was developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to replace the older version of the trainer aircraft.

It used to train rookie IAF pilots. It took on the skies first time in 1981. However, the prototype of the plane first flew in 1977. It was delivered to IAF Training Command in 1984. The top speed of the aircraft is 281 km/h and it can cover a range of 1,400 km.