Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tata-Airbus project yet to take off from drawing board

New Delhi: At a time when the government is tom-tomming the "Make in India" week, the defence ministry's first major aircraft-manufacturing project for the domestic private sector with foreign collaboration remains stuck in the doldrums.
Defence ministry sources say there is "no tangible progress yet" in the Rs 11,929 crore project for the manufacture of 56 medium transport aircraft by the Tata-Airbus consortium to replace the ageing Avro fleet of the IAF.
"Even the preliminary field trials of the C-295 aircraft on offer are yet to begin almost a year after the Manohar Parrikar-led defence acquisitions council (DAC) finally approved the Tata-Airbus project after much delay," said a MoD source.
18/02/16 Rajat Pandit/Times of India
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