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    Initial operational clearance (IOC) for Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) Sitara will come by year end, not July as indicated during the recent Bangalore aero show.

    “We plan to stick to the certification process followed in the case of LCA Tejas. The IOC for the IJT should come by year end,” said M R K Raju, head, Regional Centre for Military Aviation (RCMA), Pashan, a lab under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), on Wednesday.

    During the recent Aero India show in Bangalore, officials had indicated that the IOC for Sitara would come by July 2011. The IOC is an important process for induction.

    Raju was speaking to the media after the annual conference of the Centre for Military Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC) in the city on March 27-28 at RCMA. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) began designing the IJT in 1997 and the first prototype was ready by March 2003.

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is flying two prototypes of Sitara, also called HAL HJT-36. It is expected to replace HAL HJT-16 Kiran as the Stage-2 trainer for the IAF and the Indian Navy as well as the IAF’s famous Suryakiran aerobatic team.

    Trainees of the IAF and Indian Navy (IN) pilots would hone flying skills on the IJT after completing basic training. “The conference focused on how we can accelerate and improve the certification process for airworthiness. LCA Tejas received the IOC in January this year and various experiences in the certification process of LCA Tejas were discussed. We would adopt similar procedures in certifications of other programmes,” Raju added.

    The CEMILAC-RCMA conference chaired by the Chief Executive (Airworthiness), is held every year where all group directors of CEMILAC corporate offices and heads of regional centres participate. The conference is held for two days to exchange and deliberate on airworthiness experience certification by various centres.

    The event also addresses feedback from the design and development agencies as well as manufacturing units under public and private sectors, DRDO labs and ordnance factories so as to improve certification methodology. The current methodologies followed by international regulatory bodies are also discussed in the conference, DRDO said.

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