Final operation clearance of Intermediate Jet Trainer this year
The development of IJT is in advanced stages of certification with more than 800 test flights completed so far. The activities are progressing well with completion of sea level trials, night flying trials, high altitude trials as well as weapon and drop tank trials.
The activities left for obtaining final operational clearance (FOC) are the refinement of stall characteristics and spin testing which will commence as soon as stall characteristics are refined. The project was sanctioned in 1999 and the first and second prototypes flew in March 2003 and in March 2004 respectively. The prototypes were initially flight tested with the Larzac engines from Snecma.
All efforts are being made to achieve FOC by December 2014. Production of aircraft will commence immediately thereafter. This information was given by the Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Dr Chandan Mitra in the Rajya Sabha. SP