The government-run aerospace laboratory National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) is looking to mass-produce Saras Mk-II, a 19-seater multi-role light transport aircraft, by 2025 for the civilian market and also offer it has an ideal replacement to the Dornier Do 228 twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Kanpur in operations with Indian Air Force, Indian Navy, and Indian Coast guard.

NAL plans to develop two developmental models to be certified for military followed by civil under FAR23 and to be manufactured by HAL in Kanpur facility where currently Dornier Do 228 are been manufactured under license from Dornier GmbH from 1983 onwards for the Indian Armed forces.

According to NAL, Saras Mk-II will have better Max take-off weight, range and cruise speed when compared to the Dornier Do 228 and will also feature full Glass Cockpit with Autopilot & Hydraulic boosted Rudder and will be able to operate from ill-equipped & high Altitude Airfields.

NAL sees a market for around 150-200 of the Saras Mk-II, While Indian Air Force has committed to 15 and are expected to demand 45 more.

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