Brahmand NewsPrevious Article
Brahmand NewsNext Article

India signs deal for 194 micro-light planes with Slovenian firm


Virus SW 80/100. Photo: Pipistrel.

NEW DELHI (PTI): India on Monday signed a contract with a Slovenian firm for 194 micro-light aircraft to be used by Indian Air Force, the Navy and the National Cadet Corps (NCC).

The contract has been signed with Pipistrel for 'Virus FW80'. The Indian version of the aircraft will be known as 'Garur'. The deal is valued at Rs 105.5 crore, defence sources said.

India had first issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) for the micro-light aircrafts in 2011. The aircraft is a two- seater trainer, capable of take-off and landing on prepared as well as semi-prepared surfaces.

Made of advanced carbon fibre material, it is capable of carrying two crew members and their equipment.

They added that while 110 of the machines are meant for NCC, air force will receive 72 of these aircraft.

IAF needs these aircraft for carrying out bird reconnaissance of air fields and their arrival is expected to give a big boost to flight safety.

Navy, too, will devote these aircrafts for the same purpose while NCC will use them for training its cadets, defence sources said.

The delivery of the aircraft is expected to commence in the next one year.

Other Related News

Making progress on theaterisation of military: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

The theaterisation process in the military is making progress as consensus is emerging among the three services on the ambitious initiative, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in first clear remarks reflecting forward movement in the mega reform initiative.

BRAHMOS Missile Systems

Headlines

Brahmand World Defence Update 2023

Brahmand World Defence Update

Image Gallery