IJT in dire straits, HAL enters brainstorming mode

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    HAL’s Intermediate Jet Trainer, HJT-36 Sitara, is in serious trouble—a fact acknowledged recently by Chief of the Air Staff N.A.K. Browne, who said progress had been way too slow. But just how serious is something that is emerging slowly. The HJT-36 should have been in service by now—in fact in June this year—but has slipped all deadlines after a spate of accidents. HAL organised a brainstorming session on November 10 to take stock of the floundering project and chart out a roadmap to get it back on track.

    According to HAL sources, “An interactive and brain storming session was organised with Chairman R.K. Tyagi, under the leadership of T. Suvarna Raju, Director (Design & Development) to review the progress of IJT Project. All officers working on IJT project in various design groups, shops and support departments participated in this session. The initiative was intended at total involvement of officers associated with the Project for clear understanding of the issues and drawing out action plans to overcome the issues with milestones and ensure success of the project. HAL’s Chairman Tyagi said at the meeting that it was imperative that” “we are on the right path for the completion of the project in terms of quality, time, commitments etc”. Various non-technical and technical issues were flagged and noted in the course of the meeting. A roadmap is now in the process of being put together on how to get the project back on track.


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