India set to seal world’s largest microlight aircraft deal

Saturday, Oct 10, 2015,16:56 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | India is all set to sign the world’s single largest deal to acquire microlight aircraft at the cost of Rs 130 crore on Monday. Under the contract 194 microlight aircraft will be procured from a Slovenain firm, Arming India, a defence news portal reported today, quoting government sources. 

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 report said. The microlight aircraft chosen for purchase is the Pipistrel Aircraft’s Virus SW80, a senior Indian Air Force (IAF) official was quoted as saying.
The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting chaired by Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar 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, officials said. The 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.