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India can have 90-seater aircraft prototype ready in five years news
02 July 2011

New Delhi: India can have a prototype of a indigenously developed, 90-seater regional transport aircraft (RTA) ready in the next five years, a top scientist from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has said. 

Artiste's impression of the NAL designAccording to CSIR director general, Samir Brahmachari, the 90-seater RTA will be developed as a Team India-initiative, led by CSIR, constituent, the National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL).

The project would also invite some global participation, Samir Brahmachari said.

A committee headed by former ISRO chairman, G Madhavan Nair, submitted a feasibility study to CSIR recently in this regard.

The committee, composed of top bureaucrats and aerospace scientists, has suggested a two-pronged approach - design development and production unit - to realise the objective.

"The Committee has come to a conclusion that the RTA should be a narrow body, turbo-fan aircraft with a seating capacity for 70-90 persons and stretchable to 80-100 persons," Brahmachari said.

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India can have 90-seater aircraft prototype ready in five years