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

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