SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) developed HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer project is likely to be back on track once design upgraded HJT-36 carries out its first flight by end of this year as per sources close to idrw.org.
HAL has carried out major design changes to the aircraft’s tail section based on the recommendation of the BAE System which was hired by HAL to fix issues. Sitara failed miserably at all crucial Spin Tests which is crucial for a jet trainer to clear before newbie pilots can start training on this jets.
HAL already has conducted wind tunnel tests of the new design and has started work on the making changes to the aircraft design so that it can clear most of the mandatory trials which were pending.
Defence Ministry after spending close to ?3000 crores on the program has officially shut down financial funding for the program but allowed HAL to work on the program with their Internal resources till 2020 to fix its issues. IAF has assured HAL that it will place orders for jets if its clears all the pending trials but not many in Defence Ministry are convinced that this time HAL will get it right.
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