Thursday, March 4, 2010

Crashed Kiran Mk-II Aircraft Mainstay of Military Pilot Training in India


The Kiran Mk-II aircraft of the Navy’s Sagar Pawan Aerobatic Team that crashed in Hyderabad on Wednesday is the mainstay of India’s military pilot training programme but is overdue for replacement after more than three decades in service. The aircraft, also used by the Air Force’s Suryakiran Aerobatic Team to perform extreme maneuvers, has neared the end of its service life. The Mk- II version of Kiran entered service in mid-1980s. Had things gone as per schedule, Kirans would have been replaced by the Indigenous Jet Trainer (IJT) in 2006-07. But the IJT, being developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), is running more than five years behind schedule due to snags in developmental phase and is not likely to join service before 2013. IJT has already suffered two crashes. Besides aerobatics, Kiran is mainly used to train military pilots..................................indianexpress

1 comments:

rather india spending billions of dollars on getting 42 new SU30 they should address this problem !!!1 if u dont get good pilots in the beginning how will u make the su30 pilots effective!!!
a report stated that the IAF instructor pilots also dont wish to fly this plane!!!!
what iam trying to say is first level trainer grounded!!!! jet conversion( second level trainer in shambles) what is the use of su 30 and mig29 k and mmrca when basic pilot training is not going to be effective!!!!!

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