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Effort To Arm Indian Stage-2 Trainer Begins

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by SpArK, Feb 19, 2011.

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  1. SpArK

    SpArK SorCeroR Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Effort To Arm Indian Stage-2 Trainer Begins


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    HAL has initiated a critical phase of the intermediate jet trainer (IJT) programme by calling for bids to weaponise the aircraft. After hurdles delayed the flight test programme last year, the Indian intermediate jet trainer HJT-36 Sitara is on course to obtain initial operational clearance (IOC) in June. Crucial spin recovery tests -- mandatory for the IOC checklist -- are scheduled to begin in the next two weeks. In the meantime, since the Sitara will be used for primary weapon training of pilots in gunnery, rocketry, bombing and weapon aiming, HAL has now invited bids to give the platform a 12.7-mm gun pod (with 200 round capacity) suitable for its in-board wing stations.

    The programme team intends to deliver a fully operational platform to the IAF in 2013. The IAF has asked for over 70 aircraft, but is almost certain to finally order nearly three times that number. The HJT-36 will also feature prominently on HAL's export catalogue. Am working on a retrospective of the Sitara programme, with lots of pictures. That should be done in the next week or so.

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  2. Katsuhiro

    Katsuhiro FULL MEMBER

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    The plane you make looks very good. So is your government considering exporting this? I never knew India is making training planes also until I cam on this discussion forum.
     
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    Capt.Popeye Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Maybe this aircraft is good enough to consider for export. But the reality is that India is desperately short of trainers. So all the production will be required for the IAF.
     
  4. Spartacus+

    Spartacus+ Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Not possible till 2018.

     
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    MAFIAN GOD Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Another good news.
    HJT-36 IOC in June.
     
  6. RoYaN

    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Thank you :happy:

    At the moment No. IAF needs about 200 aircraft so exports will be on the back burner for now, opening up multiple production lines will shorten that wait for export to start.But satisfying the IAF's needs is HAL's first priority.

    If indeed we decide to try and sell it Bolivia and Ecuador might likely markets as they also operate the HAL Dhruv so selling an another Indian product will be easier.
     
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