Under the new programme, pilots will now be trained on Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer and Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) Hawk aircraft, Raha added. Kiran, the intermediary jet trainer used currently, will be phased out in the next two-three years. Raha said as of now ten cadets are being trained on Pilatus and the results are 'extremely encouraging'.

"With the induction of PC7, almost 75 of them with 38 more on the way, and as you get the HTT 40, indigenously prepared by the HAL for the BTA (Basic Trainer Aircraft) role, we will be well on our way in making up the deficiencies in pilot training. We are getting a few more AJT (Advanced Jet Trainer) Hawk aircraft and the training of amateur pilots will meet our requirements in the future," Raha cited.
"Having said that, we don't have the IJT, which is supposed to be indigenously built and supposed to replace Kiran which is going to retire in about two-three years time. Since the replacement is not coming, we are already working on a three-stages two-aircraft programme. The scheme has already been put in place," he added.

The Chief of Air Staff was addressing the media ahead of the 83rd Anniversary of the Indian Air Force.

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