Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is developing a lead-in fighter trainer aircraft that can be used to train Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots before they start flying the Rafale.
The Supersonic Omni Role Trainer Aircraft (SPORT) is based on Light Combat Aircraft frame and engine. SPORT will carry HMDS, LDP, cruise missiles, laser-guided bombs, anti-shipping missiles, smart weapons and drones. It can also be used as a combat aircraft for combat operations.
In the IAF training module, the first level of training is basic training, followed by intermediate and advanced. After this, the pilots go on to fly high-performance aircraft Rafale or Mirage 2000. HAL has completed preliminary design and is about to get into actual development of the aircraft.