"IAF is planning to phase out the HPT-32 'Deepak' aircraft by 2014. We are planning to develop a new turbo-prop for training IAF's entry-level pilots in the Air Force Academy (AFA)," HAL officials told PTI here.
The new aircraft, they said, would be equipped with latest training gadgets, head-up displays, ejection seats and retractable landing gears.
"It will have on-board computers and latest display equipment to helping the pilots to hone their flying-skills," officials said.
Unlike the HPT-32s, the new tandem-seat aircraft will have an air-conditioned cockpit allowing the cadet and trainer to have a "cool" flying experience, they said.
Powered by a single-engine, the aircraft will fly at a maximum speed of around 400 kms with a service-ceiling of 6000 metres.
HAL officials said that configuration and performance specification of the aircraft would be finalised after
discussions with the IAF.