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India to buy 194 Slovenian trainer aircraft

 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:48 am    Post subject: India to buy 194 Slovenian trainer aircraft Reply with quote

http://www.asianage.com/india/india-buy-194-slovenian-trainer-aircraft-325

India to buy 194 Slovenian trainer aircraft

Oct 21, 2015

On October 12, 2015, India signed a contract with Slovenian aircraft manufacturing company, Pipistrel, which emerged as the winner to supply 194 aircraft for the Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and National Cadet Corps. The deal, according to defence sources valued at Rs 105.5 crore in 2011, is for a two-seater trainer, capable of take-off and landing on prepared and semi-prepared surfaces. Made of advanced carbon fibre material, with a carrying capacity for two crew members and their equipment, this aircraft is powered by an 80 HP aviation certified engine and can reach a maximum speed of more than 220 km/h, fly for more than 3 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 6000 meters. While 110 of these aircrafts are for NCC for training cadets, IAF and the Indian Navy will receive 72 and 12 respectively, for carrying out bird reconnaissance of air fields and thereby give a big boost to flight safety. The delivery of the aircraft is expected to commence in the next one year.

Pipistrel has equipped its aircraft designed to be used for flight safety and training of Air Wing Cadets with a special ballistic parachute rescue system and several other safety enhancing features, such as energy attenuation seats and a Kevlar reinforced cockpit cell. To ensure uninterrupted and smooth operation of the Garuds, Pipistrel will equip IAF, the Indian Navy and NCC with spare engines, ground support equipment and tools, special multi-year spare parts packs, extended 10-year product support, as well as train a large number of aircrew and technical personnel with factory instructors. Pipistrel will also support its product with a single point Indian contact during guarantee and annual maintenance contract periods.

The delivery of first batch of aircraft is scheduled for 12 months after the signing of the contract, with all 194 aircraft commissioned within a period of three years. Pipistrelís Garud will operate at 111 different locations spread across India.



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.aviationanalysis.net/2016/08/first-batch-of-pipistrel-virus-arrive-in-india.html

First batch of Pipistrel Virus arrive in India

August 5, 2016

Slovenian light aircraft manufacturer, Pipistrel delivered the first batch of two Virus SW 80 carbon-fibre microlight aircraft to India for pilot training.

The delivery is part of the 194 microlights ordered by Indian Defense Ministry to equip Indian Air Force, Navy and National Cadet Corps (NCC) in October 2015.

The semi-knocked down aircraft were delivered to Hindan Airbase, New Delhi in mid-July. The first assembled aircraft took-off on 19 July piloted by Capt Vijay Thakur and Wg Cdr Ashok Kumar of IAF.

Locally called 'Garud', the two-seat trainer is capable of take-off and landing on prepared as well as semi-prepared surfaces.

The aircraft is powered by an 80 HP Rotax 912 UL2 aviation certified engine and can reach a maximum speed of more than 220 km/h, fly for more than 3 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 6000 meters.

Safety features include a Ballistic Parachute Rescue System, which can lower the aircraft to ground safely, Energy Attenuation Seats and a Kevlar reinforced cockpit cell.

Contract stipulates to complete delivery of all the aircraft within a period of thirty months after the first delivery.

Currently Pipistrel is training Indian instructors and mechanics to maintain and fly the aircraft.The first batch of Engineers and technicians successfully completed their training on 22 July 2016.





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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

for NCC it makes sense... why would IAF and IN need it.

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