We are very honored at Pipistrel. On 17.09.2019 our General Manager Ivo Boscarol was invited at the Embassy of India in Ljubljana to the reception with the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind.

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind reached Ljubljana, Slovenia, on September 15, 2019 in the final leg of his visit to Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia in the first ever presidential visit from India to Slovenia. The President visited his host, the President of Slovenia Borut Pahor. Cooperation between Slovenia and India is versatile and the two countries have traditionally had good relations, but the presidential visit further enhanced these ties, especially political dialogue and business cooperation, according to President Pahor’s office.

In the business cooperation between the two countries, Pipistrel is one of the major Indian partners, cooperating with several Indian institutions in various fields and exports aircraft to India. In October 2015 Pipistrel won a competition for production of 194 highly capable trainer aircraft in fierce international competition for the Indian Air Force (IAF), Indian Navy (IN) and National Cadet Corps (NCC).

Read more: Pipistrel emerges as winner to supply 194 aircraft to the Indian Armed Forces

Graduation ceremony

Delieveries began in 2016 (First shipment of aircraft for the Indian Ministry of Defense) and by now all the 194 have been successfully delivered. (Third batch of Garud delivered to Indian Navy/)
During the next 15 years all new Indian military pilots will be trained on the Pipistrel aircraft.

Pipistrel is also official aircraft supplier of National Aeroclub of India, partner of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, business partner of different Indian organizations.

Because Pipistrel is one of the major exporters from Slovenia to India and a major technology partner, it has received considerable attention from the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind during his visit to Slovenia. Director Ivo Boscarol was invited to a gala dinner hosted by President Borut Pahor in the Presidential Palace. On this occasion, President Shri Ram Nath Kovind received from the director Boscarol a present – a model of the Garud aircraft, such as is used by the Indian armed forces for pilot training.

On the following day the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind addressed the assembled guests at a gala event at the Indian community reception in Slovenia. In his speech he described the history of interaction between Slovenia and India and emphasized the importance of future good economic relations. He honoured Pipistrel greatly by mentioning our product and the project which originated from it as an example of the good cooperation between the two countries:

» Recently, as part of the Women Empower Expedition, two young Indian women successfully circumnavigated the world in a tiny aircraft. It has given a major boost to the confidence of our women. The aircraft that the women travelled in was built by a Slovenian company – Pipistrel. This mission is a noteworthy example how economic drive, technology and social objectives converge to bring transformative change.«

Address by the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind at the Indian Community Reception Slovenia


The WE!expedition project is a recent achievement we are proud of – Pipistrel was chosen as the designer and supplier of a custom-made aircraft for the world’s first circumnavigation by women pilots in a motorglider, accomplished by two Indian women.

At the event the President of India honored those present not only by socialising with them but also taking photos with them. In addition to the Founder of Pipistrel Mr. Ivo Boscarol, this honor was also received by the Chief Financial Officer of Pipistrel Mr. Maša Čertalič.

Reception at the Indian Community

Pipistrel is honored that our cooperation with India has been recognized from the highest level. We will strive to maintain this in the future and to establish new contracts and projects such as that both parties can be proud of the results.