India's plan to build civilian plane set for take-off

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  1. mayankkrishna

    mayankkrishna Regular Member

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    After spending years in the pipeline, India's plan to build its own civilian aircraft is set to take off by September, with the government expected to give its final nod to creating a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for this project in the next couple of weeks.

    This, according to sources, is among the showcase projects in the package planned to boost the manufacturing sector. Just like the Rs 1.15 lakh crore-push announced for the infrastructure sector, the government is keen to send a strong signal to the manufacturing sector through a similar set of measures, they said.

    It is learnt that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to chair a meeting of key ministries to finalise the entire package over the next few weeks. In fact, a meeting was set for July 3 but may have to be pushed ahead to ensure the presence of most ministers.


    As for the aircraft project, sources said, the proposal is for the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to create a SPV along with the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL). This SPV will work out arrangements with DRDO labs as well as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

    While this is planned to be largely an indigenous effort, sources said the proposal makes it clear that the engine would have to be purchased globally, for which a tie-up with a global player would be necessary. However, the airframe and related systems would be built in India.

    Significantly, the SPV will have to engage the private sector, which is said to be willing to invest in the project as first- and second-tier suppliers. Going by this and the recommendations of the B K Chaturvedi-led expert group on HAL, sources said the government is now confident that the SPV can be launched by September 30.

    The project, which will require a large amount of funds, will be financed from the proposed National Investment Fund being created using the vast surplus of public sector units. The development costs will also be met from CSIR's plan outlays.

    The idea to develop and manufacture a small civilian aircraft on the lines of what Brazil achieved with the Embraer jet has been discussed on paper for quite some time. In fact, NAL completed the initial research work in 2008, but the costs were always prohibitive as a project of this nature would have to be largely financed by the government.

    But the pieces seem to have fallen together this time with sources highlighting the Chaturvedi panel's strong recommendation to get HAL to diversify and build civilian aircraft in a bid to become more competitive commercially.

    India's plan to build civilian plane set for take-off - Indian Express
     
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    Source : Livefist: The Indian Regional Transport Aircraft, Turbofan Variant Gets A Makeover
     
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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Following this program for some time now..
     
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    Kunal, which program ? Civilian plane program ?
     
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    China is already developing its own version of commercial airliners such as COMAC C919 (reverse engineered A320) and is intended to compete against Airbus A320 & Boeing 737.

    India should also develop its own commercial airliner.
     
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    737 is being replaced by many airlines, I believe.
     
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    Keshav Murali Back to studies :( Senior Member

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    Good. We are catching up. :megusta:
     
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    The turbofan and turboprop variants design looks indigenous !!!
     
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    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

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    if this program takes a reasonable time frame - then that will exonerate indian industrial capability and wipe out the PERCEPTION (not fact )
    that the LCA took "too long " ( even though one is a civil and the other a military project )
     
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    whats the reason behind such civilian planes? their development is not only expensive but keeping in mind this would be the first ever attempt by indian technocrats this might not get that much acceptance from domestic and global market players.

    it needs to be of high quality and should display good amount economy of scale so as to lure domestic and foreign airlines else it might become what russians have in mass- sukhoi and other such civilian aircrafts.

    instead such funds should first be diverted to something like MTA and its indian version/attempt which will be assured atleast some customer in form of IAF IN and IA.
     
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    Indian Aviation is a huge industry..and every single plane used by the airlines is bought from abroad for millions of dollars.. We can't keep buying forever can we.. ? We have to start somewhere..and this is where we start. There will definitely be orders from our domestic market once the development is complete..own planes will be far more cheaper than foreign purchases..
     
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