Yesterday India's HAL, Russia's United Aircraft, and the two firms' joint venture signed an agreement to get started on the Medium Transport Aircraft programme.I found a few images of what this aircraft is supposed to look like.
From a public relations perspective, it would be great if these guys could align their images, and then furnish us journos with nice, high resolution images when making announcements. Not to be a prima donna, but don't they want publicity for this thing?
HAL provided an intriguing image of the MTA aircraft in desert camouflage, but it's in very low res, meaning we can't use it in Flight International. Heck, I'm even a bit embarrassed to use it here.
The other image by HAL is basically a model that's been laid on a dirt road somewhere at midday. It doesn't even look as if the model is equipped with landing gear, and somehow those tree shadows really throw things off.
If they really want to sell 60 of these things to other countries, it would help if they could come up with some sleeker marketing.