Bangalore: Global engine makers have evinced keen interest to take part in India’s proposed Rs7,555 crore national civil aircraft development (NCAD) programme, expected to give a major boost to civil aviation industry.
Bangalore-based National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has already completed a feasibility study on the design and development of a national civil aircraft for regional connectivity under the guidance of a High Powered Committee (HPC).
“Many of the engine manufacturers came and talked to us. They have made presentations about their products.” chairman of the HPC, G Madhavan Nair, told PTI. “We had detailed discussions with engine manufacturers,” he said.
Based on detailed market studies, configuration definition of a baseline 90 seat, twin turbofan engine powered aircraft has been completed under the oversight of the HPC, which submitted the feasibility study report to government in May this year.
Nair, a former chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), expects formal cabinet approval for the project in two-three months and said he does not anticipate any problem in its clearance as the programme has been welcomed by all government quarters.
According to officials, the aircraft would help connect tier-II and tier-III cities with major metros, thereby boosting inclusive economic growth.