Modified Saras makes flying debut as Rs 500cr fund still in pipeline


The indigenous light transport aircraft (LTA) Saras, a modified version of which has already completed more than 10 test flights, will make its flying debut at Aero India, hoping to cash in on the show’s popularity to further the programme. Saras is developed by National Aeronautics Laboratories (NAL).

First conceived in 1989, the project was to be shelved after a Saras prototype aircraft crashed near Bidadi on the city outskirts in March 2009, killing three personnel. But the Centre gave a second chance in late 2016, which was announced at Aero India 2017.

“The project was dumped by the previous government, after the crash despite the Directorate General of Civil Aviation exonerating the aircraft from any design flaw or poor-quality production. Read More

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