The government has begun laying the groundwork near Airports for India to produce passenger aircraft in an effort to increase its presence in the aviation industry.
The administration is researching different airports. The goal is to have enough land close to an airport so that test planes may access the runway. According to a senior official, the aviation ministry is expected to choose 5–6 airports for this use.
As the facilities for aerospace manufacture will need huge space for assembly lines, aeroplane parts, supplementary units, and other storage requirements, he continued, the ministry of civil aviation is currently expected to find viable sites with availability of massive land parcels.
On October 30, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the cornerstone for the nation’s first private sector manufacturing facility for the C-295 transport aircraft in Vadodara, Gujarat. This was a significant development for the aviation manufacturing industry. Through a partnership between Tata Advanced Systems Limited and Airbus Defence and Space S.A., Spain, the factory will produce C-295 aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). A military aircraft will be produced in India for the first time ever as part of this $21,935 crore deal. The plane can also be utilised for civil reasons.
The prime minister predicted in his speech that India will soon produce large passenger planes with the label “Made in India” on them.
The transport aircraft that will be produced here will not only provide our Army with power, but will also create a new ecosystem for the production of aircraft… The PM had stated that India would soon see passenger aircraft bearing the “Made in India” label.
After China and the United States, India has the third-largest domestic aviation market globally. India now has a fleet of about 700 aircraft, and the government projects that over the next ten years, that fleet would be able to accommodate close to 1500 aircraft.
“India is quickly becoming one of the world’s major aviation markets, and demand will only increase given the country’s expanding middle class and developing economy. The government is aware of the potential for aircraft manufacturing in India, which will benefit both the manufacturer and the airline.”
In order to find airports with enough land nearby to accommodate a large facility and access to the runway for testing needs, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the Airports Authority of India are likely to collaborate.
The manufacturing can then be done on these land pieces that can be leased. The objective is to create something akin to Toulouse, which has become a hub for aerospace manufacturing in France. This is certainly going to take some time, and these are only the beginning stages. Since it is difficult to get and is needed in huge quantities, land presents a problem, he continued.
According to the most recent estimates from Boeing and Airbus, India would need 2,000 single-aisle aircraft over the course of the next 20 years, with narrow-body aircraft accounting for 80% of those total needs. Hundreds of companies worldwide already manufacture both large and tiny aeroplane parts, including Dynamatic Technologies, Aequs, the Tatas, and Mahindra.
While the certification process may initially be difficult due to the ecosystem for aircraft manufacturing being much more complex, it will depend on the incentives and infrastructure that will be offered for such a business opportunity, an industry expert said.
“India has the skilled human resource, the demand, the government’s willingness, and both Airbus and Boeing have established that India is a key market for them.”
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