India will buy 194 microlight aircraft from Slovenian Pipistrel light aircraft manufacturer for training, surveillance and high-altitude operations.
The deal is being inked after four years of protracted negotiations with Pipistrel. According to India Strategic, a magazine, these aircraft will be operated by the IAF (72), Indian Navy (12) and the National Cadet Corps (110).
Virus SW 80/100 uses lightweight composite material and allows a payload of 300 kg. The SW 80/100 is able to operate at all elevations from sea-level up to 15.000 feet with short take-off/landing run.