New Delhi: With China having enticed Airbus to open a manufacturing line for its passenger aircraft at home, and now launching a company dedicated to the development and manufacture of large passenger aircraft, India too is scrambling to establish itself as an aerospace manufacturing hub.
With an eye on global aviation and aerospace markets Indian and US authorities are engaged in talks aimed at getting American certification for aviation/aerospace-related products made here.
According to sources, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other US agencies are in talks with the DGCA and State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Bangalore, for certifying Indian products under a "Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement" (BASA). Such a certification would allow India-manufactured products to be sold globally.
Under BASA, the two countries will mutually agree to certify each other's aeronautic/aviation products.
With Indian carriers placing record orders with Airbus and Boeing for passenger aircraft, it is only natural that India should now try to transit to the next stage which is to become a manufacturing centre.
With an established tradition of aircraft manufacture, mainly through HAL, a trained and sophisticated manufacturing base, a large pool of trained man power and a booming economy that can easily generate orders on its own, India has the wherewithal to sustain an aerospace industry.