Indian navy places order for Saras aircraft
Malpe | Saturday, Dec 20 2008 IST
Dr A R Upahdya, Director of National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), today said Indian Navy has placed an order for supply of at least 15 SARAS.
Talking to UNI on the sidelines of ''Aerofest'', the mini airshow held here as part of the year-long golden jubilee celebrations of NAL, he said HAL, Hyderabad would build the SARAS while NAL will transfer all technology. By 2010, certification process was expected to be completed and simultaneously production of the aircraft will start, he said. In the next four years, it is expected to build four SARAS aircraft per year, he said. More pilots were required by the aviation industry as it was growing fast every year.
He said the Aerofest was the only airshow during the celebration year this year. However, the year-long celebration would have seminars, workshops and outdoor mobile exhibitions in various parts of the state. The NAL had also planned to hold seminars in Coimbatore and Hyderabad. During February next year. It will organize ''AERO INDIA'' airshow in Bangalore, he said. He said that UAVs and MAVs would probably change the face of air defense in the country in the coming decades. This calls for a lot of innovation and challenging high science and technologies which requires the brightest talents in engineering and science field, he added.
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