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Written by Vivek   
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Pune: The feasibility study of the National Civil Aircraft Development Programme (NCAD) has been completed recently and submitted to the government. The aircraft will have a seating capacity for 70-100, cargo capacity for 1000 kgs and will fly at speeds of 700 kmph, resulting in higher fuel economy. It will be powered by an air turbofan engine with low fuel consumption, exhaust gas emission and noise.

The development phase of the aircraft will cost Rs 4200 crore, while the production phase will cost Rs 3200 crore. "We expect the development phase to be funded entirely by the government, while the production phases to be funded by private players," said G Madhavan Nair, head of the NCAD development committee and chairman, Space Commission. "We aim to have a JV with a private partner three years."

The aircraft development committee plans to recruit 100 people this year, in addition to the 80 people who are already involved. He said that India has lot of young talent, which would be brought into the program.

The aircraft would be ready for commercial operations by 2020 if it goes as per the plan and the the cabinet gives the approval on time. Nair said that they were discussing a possibility of inviting engine manufacturers to set up manufacturing plants in India. He was speaking at the Nasscom Engineering Summit at Pune.

Considering the fact that only 82 of nearly 400 airfields in the country are used, the aircraft would be able to operate on relatively short airfields.

If everything goes according to plan and if all clearances are granted on time, first indigenous civil aircraft can take its maiden flight in the next five years.

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