RTA-70, India’s regional aircraft

India’s first indigenous regional aircraft, the RTA-70, could be powered by turbofan engines (below), with the government viewing it as a stepping stone to larger aircraft.

Although the RTA-70 (regional transport aircraft-70) was originally envisaged as a 70- to 90-seat turboprop, the Indian government asked National Aerospace Laboratories to investigate the use of turbofans. NAL is studying the two options, and will report to the government in April 2011, after which a decision will be made. Read more…

Frontier A318

Photo: NAL


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