SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) developed HJT-36 Sitara as an intermediate jet trainer (IJT) for Stage-II Pilot training program is now officially dead and it won’t be receiving any further funds from the government of India and Indian Air force to continue its development.
According to media reports, Internal assessments done by Government of India and also by a separate team of IAF officials have termed aircraft as “unfit” for service, raising doubts on abilities and capabilities of Countries major Aerospace company.
IAF after reviewing aircraft performance has dubbed it ” No progress ” from its last review indicating all tall claims of HAL on almost fixing key issues with the aircraft were hollow statements.
Aviation major BAE Systems hired as a design consultant, in 2014 had recommended that indigenously developed intermediate jet trainer (IJT) Sitar’s tail design should be reworked to address serious stall and spin issues.
HAL has confirmed that it will continue to work on the aircraft with internal funding and will soon initiate major re-design of the HJT-36’s tail to resolve issues linked to the platform’s critical stall and spin characteristics to provide trainee pilots with a greater manoeuvrability of the aircraft.
IAF has agreed to have a relook at the program again if HAL is able to fix all the issues of the aircraft,untill then HJT-36 Sitara will be a grim reminder of HAL’s failures and lack of alternative aerospace company of HAL’s stature in India.