What: Signed contract with Slovenian firm Pipistrel
When: 12 October 2015
Why: For microlight aircrafts
India on 12 October 2015 signed a deal, worth 105.5 crore rupees, with Pipistrel, a Slovenian firm, for 194 micro-light aircraft to be used by Indian Air Force, the Navy and the National Cadet Corps (NCC).
The contract has been signed with the firm for Virus SW 80/100. However, the Indian version of the aircraft will be renamed as Garud.
The deal is signed after four years of protracted negotiations with the Slovenian firm meeting all the requirements put forth by India.
As per the deal, the entire quantity of 194 aircrafts must be delivered within 30 months from the day of the first delivery.
The contract incorporates an option for an additional 100 aircrafts within the third year if the buyer requests them.
It was in 2011 that India issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) for the micro-light aircrafts.
About Pipistrel Virus
• It is a two-seater light aircraft manufactured in Slovenia and sold as an ultralight, homebuilt kit, or light-sport aircraft.
• It is a high-wing, cantilever monoplane of pod-and-boom configuration with a T-tail.
• It won the NASA 2007 Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) Challenge and the 2008 General Aviation Technology (GAT) Challenge.