India’s HAL Recommences Flight Testing of Modified HJT-36 Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT)

India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has recommenced the flight testing of the HJT-36 Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) from its Bangalore facility.

The flight was flawless and its success is an important step towards the IJT programme, HAL said in a statement.

The flight testing of HJT-36, designed and developed by HAL for the stage-II training of Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots, was put on hold after the aircraft had encountered problem in the spin test flights in the year 2016.

“HAL continued its R&D efforts and undertook modification of IJT LSP4 aircraft based on extensive and comprehensive wind tunnel studies”, says Mr. R. Madhavan, CMD, HAL.

HAL’s research, design and technical teams carried out the modifications required with more challenges ahead, added the statement.

HAL HJT-36 Sitara (Sitārā: “star”) is a subsonic intermediate jet trainer aircraft developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy. The HJT-36 will replace the HAL HJT-16 Kiran as the Stage-2 trainer for the two forces.

The Sitara is a conventional jet trainer with low swept wings, tandem cockpit and small air intakes for the engine on either side of its fuselage.

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