India's home-made passenger plane to be ready in 3 yearsStaff Writer | August 14, 2018
India's home-made passenger aircraft will be ready in the next three years, Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said.
Asia Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan
The state-owned National Aerospace Laboratories is manufacturing the Saras, a prototype of which was flown in January this year for the first time since 2009 when three Indian Air Force pilots lost their lives in a test flight crash.
The project began in 1991 as a collaboration with Russia, but financial trouble led Moscow to drop out early. The project almost came to a halt when it was hit by U.S.-imposed sanctions in 1998, after India's nuclear tests. ■