India to build regional transport aircraft

India will soon build an indigenous 90-seater regional transport aircraft to fly on regional and feeder routes.

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2010, 00:09 AM IST

New Delhi: India will soon build an indigenous 90-seater regional transport aircraft to fly on regional and feeder routes.

A 15-member committee, chaired by former ISRO Chairman G
Madhavan Nair, is expected to submit a feasibility report on
the project by middle of next year, officials working on the project said.

The project is expected to draw from the experience of aerospace experts in state-run institutions such as the Defence Research and Development Organisation and Hindustan
Aeronautics.

As part of the project, a design centre has been set up
at Bangalore.

"The National Civil Aircraft Development Project involves configuration, market survey, development of a joint venture
and full-scale engineering development for the ambitious
plan," an official release said.

The design and development of the prototype is estimated to cost around Rs 5,000 crore and flight trials are expected in 2015-16.

PTI