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India to Release Composite Advanced Jet Trainer

23 September 2004

India will be ready to roll out its own state-of-the-art Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) built with futuristic radar-resistant composites and glass cockpits by 2010.

The statement was made by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chairman, N R Mohanty, earlier this week.

""To be christened Hindustan Advance Jet trainer, the Indian AJT, unlike the British Aerospace Hawks, would be a twin-engined trainer built on composites with glass cockpit which can also be used for combat role"".

Mohanty said the HAL, after making rapid strides in developing an Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT), expected to be inducted into the IAF by 2007, would be ready to roll out India's own AJT as the contract for manufacture of Hawks tapers off in 2010.

""39 months after we receive a letter of intent in 2010, the first of these trainers powered by an indigenous engine, would be ready for delivery"", the HAL chairman said.

He asserted that the country's ambitious LCA project was on schedule and that HAL had given the Israeli Aviation Major IAI international marketing rights for the Advance Light Helicopters (ALH).

Mohanty added that “It will be a totally indigenous aircraft with twin engines and a glass cockpit. Up to 80 percent of the aircraft will be made of lightweight composite materials.”

Mohanty also added that in emergencies, the trainer can be used as a combat aircraft.

Claiming that the Indian ALH priced at a competitive USD Six Million apiece had tremendous export potential, Mohtany said the chopper had recently undergone sales trial in Chile and that some had been bought outright by the Israeli's.






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