National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) has successfully conducted the test flight of indigenous light transport aircraft (LTA) Saras. NAL has completed the second of the proposed 20 test flights. The first successful test flight of the aircraft designed and developed by the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) was carried out on January 24. According to NAL, the production model design is expected to be ready by June-July this year. The cost of the development and certification of Saras-Mk2 will be around Rs 600 crore with a time period of about two to three years. NAL proposes to get the Saras-Mk 2 certified initially for military and subsequently for civil version.
Defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has been identified as the production agency for the military version of Saras, while the production of civil version will be given to identified private industries.