The Government owned aircraft manufacturer, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
is all set to roll out a global tender which would invite the likes the Airbus
to come together in order to develop a passenger aircraft
Sadly in the history of Aviation
, India is yet to successfully develop and deploy a passenger aircraft and it looks like that is about to change. It is not like efforts have not been made to make the dream come true, but one or the other problem has always come in the way. The HAL had planned a special plane just for regional transportation, called RTA-70, in partnership with NAL but due to the lack of funds the idea was scrapped out. NAL hit the dust once again in 2007 when they had fixed the design as well as selected Pratt and Whitney as their engine supplier for the plane, but once again the design failed to take off from the design board. We have already seen the flopping of Saras in the last 15 years and Hansa, a 2 seater passenger plane has not really made any impact.
This time though, it looks like HAL means business and estimate that it would cost them as high as Rs 7,000 crore for three prototypes as well as getting the needed security clearances. This is not the first time that HAL is looking to partner with an International manufacturer, as plans were in place to work with ATR, though the plan was scrapped later. HAL is already making doors for Airbus, but plans to go a level beyond. T. Suvarna Raju, chairman and MD of HAL commented on the plans of co-developing an engine with it by saying, "If a regional transport aircraft were to be economical, we may co-develop a futuristic engine, which is a green engine".
(Via: Business Standard)