The Indian government is designing a detailed road map for the production of commercial aircraft and drones in the country with the purpose of minimizing the drain of foreign exchange and creating high-value jobs, said Minister for Commerce, Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu at a briefing here. He also added that this would a step towards becoming self-sufficient in aviation industry.
“Indian carriers have placed orders for over 1,000 commercial aircraft worth ₹10 lakh crore with foreign companies,” the minister said on the occasion of a ground breaking ceremony of a smart industrial city close to Aurangabad. “We see huge potential in manufacture of aircraft in the country to meet the demand. We are preparing a road map,” he said, adding, “Our objective is to manufacture aircraft and drones in India. A task force had been set up under Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha for preparing a report and road map for manufacture of drones. The market for drones is estimated at $1 trillion and we must be [present] in this segment”.
The Indian airlines has ordered 1,000 planes for now but more than 6,000 aircrafts will be required by 2050, as per estimates by aviation consulting firms. “If Brazil can develop viable aircraft manufacturing programmes, India also can. India must try for it and it is desirable,” said Kapil Kaul, director and CEO, South Asia, Centre of Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA). He added, “There is demand in the aviation sector and India must aspire [to] manufacture aircraft. It is a valid aspiration”.
“Drone manufacturing can create 1,50,000 jobs and we are very serious about this sector,” said Mr. Prabhu. The 13-member task force under Mr. Sinha will develop a road map to include outcomes, timelines, implementation and review mechanisms and metrics for the implementation of drone technology. The team will also focus on R&D, acquisition and commercialisation, application and adoption in specific sectors and a regulatory framework.
The aim of the government under the ‘Make in India’ programme, is to capitalise on the “enormous potential of these two sectors”.
Source: Rebellion Voice