The Indian Army Is Interested in the Pipistrel Aircrafts
Under the agreement for the supply of 194 training aircrafts, the Slovenian Pipistrel Air Company (Ajdovščina) has already delivered 26 aircrafts to the Ministry of Defence of India, the Garud Air Forces, the Navy, and the Defence Academy cadets. Before the end of this year, Pipistrel will deliver another 46 aircrafts. In addition, the Company has trained 256 engineers, and the Pipistrel Academy instructors together with their partners from the Aeronavt Company trained 24 pilots under the leadership of Sasha Knez.
In 2011, the head of Pipistrel Ivo Boscarol managed to win the tender from 11 suppliers and ensured the right to sign a contract with the Ministry of Defence of India. The Boscarol’s Company became thus the largest private supplier of aircrafts for the education and training of military pilots in aviation history. “Nobody has yet managed to achieve the same,” Ivo Bocsarol says, who was not engaged in the production of aircrafts for military purposes before signing the contract with the world’s fourth powerful army. For more than 25 years, the workshops of the Slovenian Pipistrel Air Company have produced over 1,500 airplanes and gliders, which are now in operation in more than 90 countries around the world.
The agreement coordinates the supply of upgraded two-seat Virus aircrafts made of carbon fibre, which was named Garud after a bird of prey from the Hindu mythology in the Indian market. The contract is signed for 30 months. Ivo Boscarol said the following about the tender and requirements placed by the Indians, “The task is to produce the best aircraft at the lowest cost. It is easy to produce an aircraft for flying over the Antarctic, but the aim is that it should meet numerous conditions, in particular, have a long service life and minimal maintenance.” In India, the climate is very diverse, from the warm ocean coast and the islands, on which the air bases are located, where summer temperatures reach 55 °C, to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. Boscarol notes that Pipistrel aircrafts are made of heavy-duty materials, since their exploitation under military conditions means the strength of control and materials.