THE HAL LOGISTIC AIR SUPPORT TRANSPORT
This aircraft is designed to meet the requirements of the Indian Defence Services for air support duties and can also be utilised as a general utility transport aircraft. It is a high-wing monoplane
with accommodation for 6 to 8 passengers and a crew of two. It can be converted quickly into an ambulance or freighter aircraft.
The decision to build a prototype was taken by the Board of Directors of HAL in December, 1958, and the prototype made its first flight in September, 1960.
HAL, in consultation with the Indian Air Force, has been considering the possibility of installing a turboprop engine in place of the existing piston-engine, to improve the performance of the aircraft at high altitudes. Both Air Headquarters and DTD and P (Air) have agreed to the design study. However, as it involved re-design, the development work on this project has been suspended for the time being.