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Last month, A Team from the Aircraft Research & Design Centre (ARDC) of HAL along with employees of a Private sector company were in Indian Air Force Museum, Palam to scan and create a 3D CAD Model of the complete fixed-wing fighter jet that has been long retired and now is on display.

The aircraft that was scanned was none other than the Hindustan Fighter -24 (HF-24) Marut which was the first fighter jet that was developed in independent India in the early 60s and then was retired from the IAF in 1985 onwards. has been told that a portable 3D scanner was used to collect 3D data for the entire outer wing, aileron, flap control surface, horizontal tail, aircraft fuselage, intake, and other outer control surface areas. such 3D scanning technology is used usually to fix an aircraft’s damaged outer body that is in bad condition and there might be some risk of decomposition, so 3D CAD data is often used to reverse engineer sections so that engineers can reconstruct affected parts.

At this point, it is not clear if HF-24 which is on display at the Indian Air Force Museum in Palam requires some level of reconstructed section or part but since 3D Scanning was carried out for the whole HF-24 aircraft that included minor details it might have been Reverse engineering process for the whole aircraft either to develop a flying HF-24 for IAF’s Vintage Squadron or to be used for Flight Experiments since it is a twin-engine fighter jet.

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