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NAL to revive SARAS, two other civil passenger aircraft

Discussion in 'Indian Defence Industry' started by Agent_47, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. Agent_47

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    NAL to revive SARAS, two other civil passenger aircraft

    With the regional connectivity policy in place, CSIR’s lab, National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), has revived its three civil passenger aeroplane projects — the 14-seater SARAS, the five-seater CNM-5 and the 70-seater Regional Transport Aircraft (RTA-70).

    “CSIR has given the go-ahead for carrying out flight testing and evaluation of SARAS PT1N aircraft,” Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan announced at the Aero India 2017.

    “Shortly, we will be starting the flight tests with the ASTE (Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment) team and engine ground tests are initiated. This study will take a year and will provide essential information towards arriving at aircraft configuration for the subsequent weight optimised build and pave the way forward towards arriving at an aircraft which will be suitable to meet the IAF requirement through the Limited Series Production (LSP) phase.”

    As for the CNM-5 five-seat general civil aviation aircraft, Vardhan said: “CSIR-NAL is working out a roadmap for the manufacture and developmental flight testing of five-seat multi-role CNM-5 prototype aircraft leading to FAR 23 certifications in partnership with Mahindra Aerospace.”

    “It is being designed to be an affordable, easy-to-operate and easy-to-maintain light aircraft that can be customised to suit a variety of operational needs. This programme aims to boost manufacturing of small civil aircraft in the country. The CNM-5 has potential applications in air taxi, tourism, cargo, and executive transport in the country,” he added.

    Talking about RTA, Vardhan said: “Studies have been carried out regarding developing an RTA.” The feasibility study has indicated demand for about 250-300 aircraft over 20 years in India.

    Funding needs
    NAL Director Jitendra J Jadhav, replying to a question on funding, said: “About ₹400-500 crore is required for the two prototypes of SARAS. The design will be officially finalised and approved by the end of this year and by next yearend it should be flying.”

    CSIR-NAL’s developmental work over the years in both strategic and civil sector have resulted in spin-off technologies that have significantly contributed to the non-aerospace sector, said Girish Sahni, Secretary, DSIR, and DG, CSIR. “In order to encourage SMEs and MSMEs, technologies for Make in India developed by CSIR were released at the Aero India 2017 as a compendium of ‘Technologies for Industries’,” he added.

    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/sars/article9547354.ece

    India is reviving a three-decade-old plan to build its first passenger aircraft as the South Asian country struggles to join an exclusive club of Asian nations that have advanced far ahead in creating their own home-made jets. A 14-seat aircraft, called Saras, is undergoing preliminary tests, Jitendra Jadhav, director of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research at state-controlled National Aerospace Laboratories, said in an interview in Bengaluru on Wednesday. The development of the twin-turboprop plane suffered a setback in 2009 when a test flight ended in a fiery crash, killing all three crew on board.

    India may need a few hundred small planes that can carry less than 30 people over the next five to seven years for Prime MinisterNarendra Modi to succeed in his plan to boost air links in remote areas of the country, according to Sydney-based CAPA Centre for Aviation. India’s air force, which has committed to purchasing 15 of the Saras planes, needs to test the aircraft before certifications and sale to commercial airlines, Jadhav said.

    The process of getting full certification could take as long as three years, he said.
    Delays in production of new aircraft is common across the world, even with established companies like Boeing Co. and Airbus SE. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. announced a fifth delay last month in delivering Japan’s first locally made passenger jet to its launch customer, while China’s Advanced Regional Jet ARJ21 took 13 years to design, build and bring to market.

    India’s Saras program was conceived about 29 years ago. A separate plan to build a bigger, 50-70 seat commercial aircraft is stuck pending government funding, Jadhav said. Feasibility study for the project, which would need a private party to manufacture, has been done and the proposal has been with the government since 2013, Jadhav said.

    “The government should sanction funds, only then we can do it,” Jadhav said.

    http://www.financialexpress.com/ind...r-jet-a-14-seat-aircraft-called-saras/553575/
     
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    Well....
    The Embrarer ERJ 145...On which Netra is based is a 50 seater regional passenger transportation jet.
    The RTA 70 is a supoosed to be a 70 seater RTA ie slightly bigger than the ERJ-145.

    The 145 is powered by a Rolls Royce AE 3007...Now this Engine is a dry 30-40 kN Turbofan....The thrust output is similar to the Kabini.... Infact a High By pass civilian version can be derived from it.... ie the RTA can have desi engines...


    We can replace the ERJ-145 with the RTA-70 (With High Bypass Kabini) in our Netra system.... Making it 100% desi....


    This could be a very good export piece...


    PS :

    Humor (On);

    Given the speed of our PSUs they can do it the next 3 decades (by 2047 !!!) *hopefully*

    10 Years to Design it and obtain funding...
    10 Years to make a few prototypes
    10 Years to Flight test and certify them

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Humor (Off );
     
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    Dude, why do you have to rant on every thread ? Why don't you signup for twitter and use your energy there?
     
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    Ripcord322 Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    That was supposed to be with some Humor...Let me Edit it...

    Infact I am looking forward to it...

    Why so serious bro !?

    Come on...
     
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    Infact the possibilities of that jet is unlimited and wide ranging. we can use it as transport aircraft for AWACS for ASW and as a commercial jet. but we need a base platform for all that first. i hope they can do it quickly because if the present govt is gone those projects will again be sabotaged.
     
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    Tata should also look into development of indeginious aircrafts, they can get into 30-40 seater plane or the highly lucrative 8-12 seater business jet business.
     
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    Its not funny when you write the same thing everywhere. Make peace with our limitations, Chill.
     
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    I think mahindra aerospace have a small 6 seater coming up . There's another guy from Maharashtra who built a 5 seater plane on his terrace . Its funny we have sent a satellite to Mars and we can't design and manufacture something as simple as a cessna 172.
     
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