India's effort to develop a design for its own indigenous civilian aircraft is likely to bear fruit in two to three months.
G Ashok Kumar, joint secretary in Ministry of Civil Aviation, says that after the announcement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on July 21, 2013 for promotion of an indigenous civilian aircraft, an SPV was formed jointly by the public sector National Aerospace Ltd and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Both are on the verge of finalisation of a design for the domestic civilian aircraft. "The design committee is now pondering on capacity and also the kind of engine. Whether it should be a prototype with 80,1000,145 seats and also whether it should have turbo prop or turbo jet," said Kumar.
He said the design would be ready in two or three months and the same would come up before the Ministry for consideration and approval. The name and other factors of the unique civilian aircraft for the Indian conditions will be worked out later, he said.