The National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) initiated taxi trials for the analysis of an indigenously developed digital anti-skid braking system for the civil plane, SARAS Mk2, 19-seat Light Transport plane. The low-speed taxi trial was performed on the pace of about 30 knots and the outcomes are extremely passable, the authorities knowledgeable.
NAL sources mentioned that there might be about 15 to twenty taxi trials to judge system efficiency.
“Digital anti-skid braking system integration on SARAS Mk2 will benefit operation from airfields with short runways to boost regional air connectivity. The taxi trials were initiated on May 13 to validate the Digital Anti-skid Brake Management System developed for the first time in India for civil aircraft by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and NAL. The state-of-art brake-by-wire Electro-Hydraulic Braking System is configured around indigenously built most advanced high-performance Integrated Avionics & Flight Control Computer (IAFCC) embedded with multicore Power PC, VPX bus architecture and ARINC 653 compliant Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) with safety-critical partitioned virtual wall,” a press release learn.
The Union authorities sanctioned the SARAS-Mk2-19 Seat Light Transport plane venture to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR- NAL) in June 2019. It is a multirole commuter plane with distinctive options just like the pressurised cabin, quick take-off and touchdown, operation from scorching and excessive altitude airfields, operation from semi-prepared runways, autopilot for CAT-II touchdown, glass cockpit, digitally managed mechanical techniques and can also be slated to be the most-versatile plane of its class for connecting remotely positioned Tier-II and Tier-III cities underneath the UDAN Scheme, sources added.
“The Aircraft is designed to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces as well as those of commercial Airlines by keeping the low operational and acquisition cost by introducing advanced technologies. Indian Air Force has already committed the induction of 15 SARAS Mk2 aircraft,” the assertion acknowledged.
In order to chop down the flight testing efforts of SARAS MK2, CSIR- NAL is utilizing its present SARAS PT1N, a 14-seater plane platform, to judge the sub-system efficiency and finetune the design forward of the SARAS Mk2 maiden flight scheduled in end-2024.