New Delhi : Microlight aircraft aspirations of India may soon see the light of the day, as India has geared up to sign the world’s single largest deal to acquire microlight aircraft at the cost of Rs 130 crore on Monday. Defence ministry released this information regarding finalizing of contract between India and Slovenian organizations, and said this deal could materialize as one of the most prestigious deal for the NCC and armed forces wing of Indian defence.
India has decided to buy these aircraft from Slovenian firms in several batches. Signing a deal with Slovenian firm for microlight aircraft,under the first contract, 194 microlight aircraft will be procured from a Slovenain firm, Arming India, which would act as supplier for the series of microlight aircraft in several batches.
The other contract will fill the requirements of armed forces in India. India’s armed forces will get 194 microlight aircraft from Slovenian company Pipistrel Aircraft, for use by its National Cadet Corps (NCC), Air Force and Navy. The microlight aircraft chosen for purchase is the Pipistrel Aircraft’s Virus SW80.
The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting chaired by Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar is said to have cleared the deal in July 2015. The major chunk of the 110 aircraft will go to the NCC while remaining 84 microlights will go to the IAF and the Navy.
The IAF and the Navy will be using these aircraft for the purpose of adventure sport activities. IAF is the lead agency to evaluate, select and buy these 194 planes and the DAC nod came for staggering the microlight deliveries by Pipistrel, the original equipment manufacturer.