NAL Converting Hansa Trainer into UAV
The state-run National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL) has entered into an agreement with private sector firm Kadet Defence Systems to convert the Hansa trainer aircraft into an optional unmanned vehicle. Hansa is a lightweight trainer-cum-general purpose aircraft developed indigenously by NAL. The agreement also entails joint development of a new tactical drone. NAL had developed the Hansa trainer aircraft fabricated entirely out of composite materials and it is used for abinitio training and surveillance besides other tasks. The Hansa aircraft programme was launched in the late 90s and involved the indigenous design, development, fabrication and tests of an all-composite 2-seat aircraft which could replace the ageing trainers.