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Way2k 30 Aug 2012
Indian First Civilian Aircraft

India is developing its first civilian aircraft, which would be a 70 to 90-seater plane catering to the regional aviation market and a feasibility study is currently on, a top scientist.

Indian First Civilian Aircraft

"We are looking at creating a Regional Transport Aircraft (RTA) which would be 70 or a 90-seater. The feasibility study is being carried out now," M. R. Nayak, advisor and chief scientist at the state-owned National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) said. A high-powered committee headed by former chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) G Madhavan Nair has already been set up to guide the project. He said the aircraft would be developed through the public-private partnership (PPP) mode. Besides NAL which is the nodal agency for the project, the public sector firms participating in the project are HAL, DRDO, ISRP, BEL and ADA, while those in the private sector included HCL, QUEST, Infosys, Mahindras, L&T and Tata Group. Nayak was speaking at a meeting of Indo-US aviation manufacturers, where Boeing India president Dinesh Keskar said the growing aviation market in the country had greatly enhanced the opportunities for businesses of both countries to collaborate in such projects.
Keskar said India would require 1,150 civilian planes, worth USD 130 billion, over the next two decades and another USD 30 billion worth of military aircraft, missiles and other aerospace equipment.
The Regional Transport Aircraft (RTA) is being developed to have a range of 800 kilometers, making it conducive for travel within India due to the close proximity of Tier-I and Tier-II cities.
Reports said as many as 400 RTAs were planned to be manufactured with half of them going to the armed forces. NAL was in discussions with global engine manufacturers including Pratt & Whitney of Canada and General Electric of US and avionics firms like Rockwell Collins and Diehl Aerospace

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