Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
05-August-2014 14:34 IST
Replacement of Intermediate Trainer Planes of the IAF
The IAF conducts intermediate stage of flying training for ab-initio pilots on the Kiran aircraft. These aircraft will complete their technical life over the next couple of years.HAL, which has been developing the Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT), as a replacement for the Kiran aircraft, has not so far been able to resolve critical wing and airframe Design & Development issues related to stall and spin.

In order to meet the emergent situation created due to inordinate delay in the IJT project, IAF has already initiated the process for extending the technical life of the Kiran aircraft. The IAF has also initiated action to look for alternate options for the IJT.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to ShriNareshGujralin Rajya Sabha today.