Pip­istrel to sup­ply 194 air­craft to IAF, Navy and NCC

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Pip­istrel, glob­ally renowned light air­craft man­u­fac­turer with 26 years of air­craft de­sign and pro­duc­tion ex­pe­ri­ence, will equip the In­dian Air Force (IAF), In­dian Navy (IN) and Na­tional Cadet Corps (NCC) with its mod­ern, car­bon-fi­bre mi­cro­light air­craft Virus SW 80 ‘Garud’. Pip­istrel was se­lected as the win­ning bid­der among 11 com­peti­tors.

The de­sign cho­sen by the re­spec­tive In­dian par­ties is a two-seat trainer, ca­pa­ble of take-off and land­ing on pre­pared as well as semi-pre­pared sur­faces. Made from ad­vanced car­bon-fi­bre com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als it is ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing two crew mem­bers and their equip­ment.

Pip­istrel’s CEO Ivo Boscarol says: “With more than a quar­ter of cen­tury ex­pe­ri­ence in the field, Pip­istrel makes the ideal part­ner to IAF, IN and NCC. Our Virus SW 80 ‘Garud’, which was care­fully con­fig­ured to suit and ful­fil the re­quire­ments of all or­der­ing par­ties, is a cul­mi­na­tion of ad­vanced de­sign, state-ofthe-art com­pos­ite con­struc­tion and mod­ern dig­i­tal avion­ics, forming a 21st cen­tury ba­sic trainer so­lu­tion any op­er­a­tor would envy.”

The air­craft is pow­ered by an 80 HP avi­a­tion cer­ti­fied en­gine and can reach a max­i­mum speed of more than 220 kmph, fly for min­i­mum of three hours and climb to al­ti­tudes in ex­cess of 6,000 me­tres. The air­craft will be used ex­clu­sively for train­ing of Flight Safety and Air Wing Cadets, so Pip­istrel equipped it also with a spe­cial Bal­lis­tic Parachute Res­cue Sys­tem which saves the en­tire air­craft and both pi­lots in the case of accident.

Pip­istrel’s Virus SW 80 ‘Garud’, named af­ter a bird that ap­pears in Hindu mythol­ogy and is the mount of the God Vishnu, was thor­oughly tested.

The In­dian per­son­nel will be trained by a Pip­istrel’s part­ner com­pany from Slove­nia, the Pip­istrel Acad­emy which trains pi­lots and new in­struc­tors.

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