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SARAS PT1N completes second test flight

27th February 2018 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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India’s light transport aircraft SARAS PT1N has successfully completed its second test flight, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 20 February.

The aircraft flew from the from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) airport in Bengaluru for the flight test. The first successful test was carried out on 24 January.

The aircraft’s design and development is being carried out by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL). The production model design is expected to be ready by June-July 2018.

NAL has integrated design modifications and improvements on the SARAS PT 1 model including 2x1200 shp engines and 104in diameter propeller assembles to support second segment climb gradient requirements, improved flight control system, rudder area, main wheel and brakes and stall warning system. The improved version will be a 19-seater aircraft instead of 14-seater.

CSIR-NAL plans to get the SARAS-Mk 2 version certified initially for military and subsequently for civil use. HAL will manufacture the military version of SARAS.

According to the Indian MoD, the Indian Air Force will commit to purchasing an initial 15 units of the military version.

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