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CISR, NAL to launch transport aircraft project

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CISR) on Sunday said it would launch a civil transport aircraft project in the country in collaboration with National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL).



Vadodara: Council for Scientific and
Industrial Research (CISR) on Sunday said it would launch a civil
transport aircraft project in the country in collaboration
with National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL).

"The national project envisages design and development of
a civilian transport aircraft which could be used for a feeder
service connecting towns and cities across the country. As
there is heavy demand for such aircrafts from the private
sector and companies," CSIR Director General Samir Brahmchari
told reporters after inaugurating a carbon fibre plant at Asoj
village on the outskirts here.

"The civilian transport aircraft will be designed and
developed under public-private partnership (PPP) to meet
national requirements with support from the Centre... The
government has recognised the need for such an indigenous
civilian aircraft with 90-100 seater capacity for passenger or
freight service of equivalent capacity," he said.

The project report, design and development cost of the
aircraft, he said, will take a year to be ready, adding that
the project cost was estimated at about Rs 5,000 crore.

"The first prototype could roll out within four-five
years after completion of the project," he said.

"The design centre for the regional civilian aircraft
project will be set up in Bangalore under the supervision of
NAL. Private partners will be involved right from the design
stage itself. We are also open to explore a joint venture for
developing engine with a global aerospace major," he said.

The NAL, under supervision of CSIR, will be the agency
to implement the project in association with another PSU
aviation major, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Aeronautical
Development Agency (ADA), Defence Research and Development
Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation,
Brahmachari said.

The High powered committee headed by Former ISRO
chairman G Madhavan Nair formed for the launch of this project
is expected to work out the modalities, including type of
aircraft to be developed, infrastructure required and
development cycle, from design to manufacturing of aircraft in
large numbers later this month, Brahmchari said.

"The design centre for the regional civilian aircraft
project will be set up in Bangalore under the supervision of
NAL. Private partners will be involved right from the design
stage itself. We are also open to explore a joint venture for
developing engine with a global aerospace major," he said.

The NAL, under supervision of CSIR, will be the agency
to implement the project in association with another PSU
aviation major, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Aeronautical
Development Agency (ADA), Defence Research and Development
Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation,
Brahmachari said.

CISR will set up its own academy for running two years
full time residential postgraduate research programme in
engineering (PGRIE)in the cutting edge technological areas as
they find it difficult to get engineers holding PhD degree
for their organisations which has 87 laboratories across the
country.

Uptill now, CISR was engaged in getting royalty and fee
for transfer of technology developed by it, now it has decided
to get equity in the company as part of strategy, he said.

PTI

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