IAF asks HAL to stop work on jet trainer

Indian Air Force has asked the India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to stop its efforts to produce the Intermediate Jet Trainers (IJT). The IJTs were to be inducted in the IAF this year, however lot of tests of the machine are still not done. The project’s timelines have been revised at least thrice if not more and has already taken close to Rs.630 crore from the government. In order to meet the urgent requirement the Ministry of defence has already floated an expression of interest (EoI) seeking information from global firms to procure intermediate jet trainers. The EoIs have been sent to Russia’s Yakovlev; Italy’s Alenia Aermacchi; Korea Aerospace Industries of South Korea; Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Beechcraft of the US; and Saab of Sweden. Also MoD has ordered another 38 Swiss-made Pilatus PC-7 Mark-IIs to top the 75 ordered by the outgoing government in 2012.

Source: http://www.financialexpress.com/article/economy/indian-air-force-asks-hindustan-aeronautics-limited-to-stop-work-on-jet-trainer/109744/

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