Bangalore: The first AL-55I engine was assembled by NPO-Saturn in March 2006. The engine was built in 8 months-record time since the signing of a contract.
In August 2005, The Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. had signed a contract with the Russian state arms export company Rosoboronexport for licence production of a Al-55I Russian engine for for its intermediate jet trainer Hindustan Jet Trainer – 36 (HJT-36).
The value of the deal was $350-million and it will enable India to manufacture 250 Al-55I engines and an option for subsequent production of another 1000 engines.
Russian aircraft engine developer NPO Saturn is planning to begin deliveries of Al-55I engine this year and will organize of licensed production engine AL-55I in India.