Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) indigenous Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) aircraft took a spin test in Bengaluru, a HAL official said on Monday. The IJT is indigenously designed and developed by HAL to replace the ageing Kiran aircraft fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
The IJT will be playing a pivotal role in pilot training, general flying, navigations formation flying, instrument and cloud flying, basic air to ground and air to air weapon aiming, tactical flying and night flying, the official claimed.
The flight was piloted by HAL’s test pilots Gp. Capt H. V. Thakur (Retd) and Wg. Cdr P. Avasti (Retd). “During the first flight, initially the aircraft was taken through one turn spin to the left and right hand sides to test the spin characteristics,” the official said.
According to the statement released by the HAL, the spin testing of an aircraft is the most crucial phase of its flight testing.
“After the suitable design changes, the testing will be gradually progressed to assess the behaviour of the aircraft till six turn spins to either side to meet the targeted requirement,” the statement explained.