Can India beat Brazil’s Embraer?

The Saras gets off the ground

Bangalore’s state-owned aeronautics twins NAL and HAL have successfully put the Saras into air, the prototype of which cost about $7m. Some 60-70% of the components were made indigenously although critical components like avionics and engines were foreign made.

For India to truly take on the likes of Brazil’s Embraer in the international aircraft market, the Indian government must rethink its development strategy for this industry. HAL and NAL must continue to do what they are good at – design and prototype new aircraft, but they must license the manufacturing and commercialisation to the private sector. With the right kind of incentives, it is quite possible for India’s private sector to throw up an Embraer. That process will be much easier if the government would allow foreign investment into the sector.

2 thoughts on “Can India beat Brazil’s Embraer?”

  1. The event is of great significance for indias aviation sector no doubt about that.
    however the saras is about 1000 kgs overweight, can carry only 5 passenger instead of the promised 14 and is a long way of from commercial operations.
    given this fact the suggestion to allow foreign investment and foreign tie up with private aviation engineering companies should be welcomed.
    there is thus

  2. I don’t know if there is an even a market for such an aircraft given how entrenched other manufacturers are in the market.

    The Indian government should be investing on basic research and cutting-edge technologies– things the private sector is reluctant to do.

    Though I do agree with you that there should be a symbiosis between government funded research and the private sector.

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