Own Plane

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

In­di­ais all set to build its first indige­nous civil­ian air­craft. Hindustan Aero­nau­tics, the coun­try's sole man­u­fac­turer of mil­i­tary air­craft, will col­lab­o­rate with the state-owned plane de­signer, Na­tional Aero­space Lab­o­ra­to­ries, to de­sign and de­velop a tur­bo­prop air­craft ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing up to 70 people.

The to­tal cost of the project is ex­pected to be Rs.7, 500 crore ap­prox­i­mately. At a later stage, pub­lic and pri­vate-sec­tor com­pa­nies, such as Tata Tech­nolo­gies, Sam­tel Avion­ics

and Taneja Aero­space, may come on board as eq­uity part­ners in the project. It is ex­pected that the ven­ture will take off soon af­ter the for­ma­tion of the new govern­ment in Delhi.

In­dia’s first lo­cally made plane was the Saras, a 14-seater air­craft that took over two decades to de­velop. It is yet to win lo­cal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

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