SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Bengaluru-based National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) will soon commence manufacturing of the 19-seater light transport aircraft ” Saras Mk2″ in the next few weeks with plans to roll out the first aircraft by 2024. CSIR-NAL developed Saras-Mk2 is primarily will be developed to promote regional air connectivity under the UDAN Scheme.
IAF has committed to procuring 14 Saras Mk2 aircraft for troop transport and VIP transport roles and ICATT, an Air Ambulance operator plans to procure two Saras Mk2 in Air ambulance configuration.
Saras Mk2 has been designed for operations from short runways and can operate from hot and high airfields including semi-prepared runways for connecting tier-1 and tier-2 cities and towns. CSIR-NAL is in talks with airline operators in India as its sees a market for nearly 140 aircraft in the Indian market.
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