Russian engine for the Indian Air Force meets the customerâ€™s requirements | Russia & India Report ++ Russian engine for the Indian Air Force meets the customerâ€™s requirements . April 18, 2012 ITAR-TASS The Russian-built AL-55I engine for the Indian HJT-36 trainer aircraft has demonstrated a strong performance, Ilya Fedorov, Managing Director of NPO Saturn, the developer of the engine, told ITAR-TASS. . â€œThe HJT-36 developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a reliable aircraft, is Indiaâ€™s national pride. It is the first aircraft made by Indians. The basic parameters of the engine meet the customerâ€™s requirements and it flies well. There have been no engine-related accidents or problems, so we are also proud of it. We have executed two contracts; research and development work has been completed. Four engines have been delivered to India and will soon be installed in aircraftâ€, Fedorov said. The engine was developed and built in a record time of only three years. As part of the contract with HAL, research is now under way with a view to increasing the service life of the AL-55I to 300 hours. A new batch of 10 engines is currently in production â€“ these engines were contracted to be delivered in 2011â€“2012. â€œIt is no secret that the contract will be continuedâ€, the Saturn head told ITAR-TASS.