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C.B. Ananthakrishnan, Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), has announced significant progress in the development of the SARAS Mk II, a 19-seater indigenous aircraft program. This exciting project, a collaboration between HAL and the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), is poised to take to the skies with its maiden flight anticipated by the end of 2026.

The focus is currently on constructing two prototypes, with the possibility of a third being considered to expedite the certification process. This reflects the commitment of both HAL and NAL to bring this innovative aircraft to life.

While the SARAS MK II is envisioned as a commercial passenger aircraft, its versatility expands far beyond. The design allows for modifications to cater to diverse needs, including:

  • Cargo transport: Facilitating efficient movement of goods for both civilian and military applications.
  • Air ambulance: Providing critical medical care and transportation to remote areas.
  • VIP transport: Offering secure and comfortable travel for dignitaries and officials.

The success of the SARAS MK II program holds immense significance for India’s aerospace ambitions. It represents a significant step towards. With the end of 2026 as the target for the maiden flight, the SARAS MK II program has entered an exciting phase. Its success will not only mark a milestone in India’s aviation journey but also pave the way for further advancements in indigenous aircraft development.

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