Taxi trials for SARAS Mk2 with a digital antiskid braking system starts

The National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) conducted taxi trials to evaluate an indigenously built digital anti-skid braking system for the civil aircraft SARAS Mk2, a 19-seat Light Transport aircraft. The low-speed taxi study was conducted at a speed of roughly 30 knots, according to authorities, and the findings were quite encouraging.

According to NAL reports, 15 to 20 taxi experiments would be conducted each month to assess the system’s efficacy. SARAS Mk2 will take off from short-runway airports to boost regional air connectivity. In June 2019, the Union government sent a tweet to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-NAL) approving the SARAS-Mk2-19 Seat Light Transport aircraft design.

The state-of-the-art brake-by-wire Electro-Hydraulic Braking System is built around an indigenously created, high-performance Integrated Avionics & Flight Control Computer (IAFCC), which is equipped with a multicore PowerPC, VPX bus architecture, and ARI. The multirole commuter plane, according to insiders, offers unique features such a pressurised cabin, short take-off and landing, operation from high and low altitude airfields, autonomous CAT-II landing, glass cockpit, and digitally controlled hydraulic systems.

It’s also expected to be the most adaptable aircraft in its class for connecting rural Tier-II and Tier-III towns under the UDAN Scheme, and it’s packed with cutting-edge technology. The Indian Air Force has begun to plant 15 SARAS Mk2 aircraft for flight testing, according to the announcement.

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