New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has
decided to revive its fleet of HPT-32 trainer aircraft, which
were grounded following a fatal air crash last year, the Lok
Sabha was informed today.
"IAF has decided to revive HPT-32 trainer aircraft which
was grounded following a fatal accident last year with
critical modifications by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited,"
Defence Minister A K Antony said in a written reply.
After the grounding of the over 100 `Deepak` basic
trainer aircraft, the IAF is using its Kiran Mk 1 (HJT-16)
aircraft for basic and intermediate flying training.
Basic trainer aircraft are used by air forces to train
and prepare their rookie pilots for flying bigger aircraft,
including fighter and transport aircraft.
The force has also issued a global tender for procuring
75 basic trainer aircraft from foreign vendors and the HAL
will also develop indigenous basic trainers to fulfil IAF`s