Bengaluru: If you believed India does not have a ‘Made in India’ civil aircraft, you may soon need certainly to brush up on your understanding.
India’s homegrown 14-seater aircraft Saras which was re-engined and modified is expected to take off the very first time in the first week of June.
Bengaluru-based National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL) has approved throughout the aircraft to Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) for test flights amid the government’s push to advertise regional connectivity.
Even though the plane was conceptualised as a civil aircraft, NAL happens to be driving Saras for military certification. Saras will certainly boast of multi-role functionality like feeder line aircraft, air ambulance, executive aircraft, troop transport, reconnaissance, aerial survey and light cargo transport, the report said.
“The engine tests have already begun. The low-speed taxi and high-speed taxi trials are expected to be completed by the end of this month. After that, the ASTE will do the first flight most probably in the first week of June,” said NAL Director Jitendra J Jadhav.
In accordance with NAL, manufacturing of two Limited Series Prototypes of Saras will demand Rs 400 crore to Rs 500 crore.
“The final product will be taken care of by the IAF, but we will need this amount for the prototypes,” Jadhav had said.