NAL Saras, Regional Transport Aircraft (RTA) & Hansa Project


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Jul 12, 2014
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India is so F*ckd up na? we call ourselves socialist nation while having no PSU ability like USSR to produce aircrafts and weapons (whatever quality so to speak), we call ourselves secular liberal democracy with capitalism expanding since 1991 while having no PVT. ability like USA to produce aircrafts and weapons

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reductive argument.

countries you are describing had enough time to work on internal aspect of their country is phases over a period of time. they settled their sovereignty first, they did a cultural revolution next, they fixed their basic infra like health and education next, they fixed their industry after that. USA succeeded USSR faltered on economic front.

by the way US supplied tonnes of equipment, clothes, vehicles to USSR before they joined the war.

India on the other hand, had to deal with all the phases at the same time. all the phases are being addressed in parallel. much tougher task at hand. India having enough resources to address these things adequately, is a very recent phenomenon I.e less than 25 years.

on top of it, colonial baggage still prevails among majority of intellectual class and people in high positions in India. Now there are efforts to recolonise India’s minds digitally.

and let’s not forget the most critical reason, during Cold War India said we won’t take sides. Even today our name is being sullied by the winners of Cold War, because of that. I am not even getting to technology denial by world powers for many years.

inspite of all the challenges, when we had enough resources. we jumped over many steps other countries usually go they. skipped landline telephone & internet phase, went directly to mobile Internet. skipped brick and mortar banks, went directly to mobile banking. and many other innovations.

win some lose some.

Future is yet to be written, might as well focus on that.
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Apr 13, 2013
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Hansa New Generation (NG) aircraft, designed and developed by CSIR-NAL, successfully make its maiden flight

Posted On: 03 SEP 2021 7:47PM by PIB Delhi

Hansa New Generation (NG) aircraft, designed and developed by CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bangalore a constituent lab of CSIR,has successfully made its maiden flight on 3 September 2021. The aircraft took off from HAL airport at 2 09 PM and flew at an altitude of 4000 ft. and gained a speed of 80 knots before it made a successful landing after about 20 minutes. Capt. Amit Dahiya, test pilot, who has flown the maiden flight has expressed his happiness and told that all the flight parameters were found normal and it is a Text Book flight.

The unique features of Hansa-NG are glass cockpit with cabin comfort, high efficient digitally controlled engine, electrically operated flaps, Long endurance, low acquisition and Low operating cost.CSIR-NAL has already received 72 Letters of Intent from various Flying Clubs and the aircraft will be certified within the next 4 months before it gets inducted into service. The flight was monitored in telemetry by senior officers and scientists / engineers from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Centre for Military Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC) and CSIR-NAL.

Dr Shekhar C Mande, Secretary, DSIR and Director General, CSIR, while congratulating Team NAL said that this successful milestone flight is the culmination ofeffortsof the CSIR-NAL design team, flight test crew and DGCA with support from ASTE. He further mentioned that CSIR-NAL has already identified a private partner and series production will start soon. He applauded the efforts of Mr AbbaniRinku, Project Director, HANSA and Team NAL for the tireless efforts which has made this possible.

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