TYPE: Advanced jet trainer/light attack.

PROGRAMME: Announced at Aero India, February 2005, as Combat Attack Trainer (CAT) 'initiative to develop' for Indian Air Force AJT (Advanced Jet Tratner) requirement, specifications for which being in final stages by IAF at the time; would compete for this with any additional orders for BAE Hawk. Mockup of front fuselage and cockpit shown. Projected to fly within three and a half years of go-ahead; airframe commonality with HJT-36 Sitara, avionics comparable with those of HJT-36 and Tejas. As of second quarter 2006, no go-ahead had been given.

CUSTOMERS: Potential Indian Air Force requirement for about 100; possibility of export sales.

Following details all provisional.

DESIGN FEATURES: Substantially a twin-engined derivative of HJT-36.

FLYING CONTROLS: Digital fly-by-wire.

POWER PLANT: Proposed with two 21,6 kN (4,850 lb st) Saturn/UMPO AL-551 non-afterburning turbofans.

ACCOMMODATION: Tandem seating, with elevated rear seat.

SYSTEMS: Optional OBOGS.

AVIONICS: To include CSIR/Bharat Electronics HUD and up-front control panel (UFCP) and HAL mission computer.

WEIGHTS AND LOADINGS:

  • External stores load: 2.000 kg (4,409 lb)
  • Max T-O weight: 7 tonne (15,430 lb) class

PERFORMANCE:

  • Max level speed: Transonic