India’s National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) has selected the SMA SR305 diesel engine to power its new Hansa 4 four-seat light utility aircraft. The new turbocharged diesel has been developed by the French SMA consortium backed by Snecma, auto manufacturer Renault and European Aeronautics Defence & Space. The deal was announced on November 28 at the Aerotechnologies Summit in Bangalore, India.
According to NAL, certification work on the aircraft will get under way within the next couple of months. It intends to make first deliveries by the end of next year and has estimated the potential market for Hansa 4 as “in excess of 50” aircraft.
A two-seat Hansa 2 is already in production. The Indian government aerospace research and development agency also has plans for a six-seat Hansa 6.
Also during the first quarter of this year, SMA expects to complete approval for use of the SR305 engine on both the Cessna 182 and Socata TB20. It is preparing to begin series production for the powerplant at its Bourges, France plant and has planned for an output of 2,000 engines per year.