SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
The long-overdue Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)-produced Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) HJT-36 that has completed six turn spins on each side a key milestone in the program last year, has made HAL officials confident that the final certification of the aircraft will happen in the next 12 months as aircraft is set to clear final round of trials in coming months.
idrw.org was told that design issues on the HJT-36 have been fixed but it still requires recertification due to enhancements/ improvements of other systems and subsystems before the aircraft is ready for user trials.
Final certification of HJT-36 will clear its path for production and soon after IAF that was looking to procure 70-80 units to be used as a Stage-II trainer aircraft and might place orders in the next 2-3 years.
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