India’s Regional Plans Could Launch Next-Gen Turboprop

By Jay Menon, Guy Norris
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
January 13, 2014

While western turboprop airliner makers edge cautiously toward new designs, India is accelerating long-anticipated plans to develop a regional transport aircraft that could help launch the next generation of large turboprop engines.

State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) has invited engine makers worldwide to offer data on their engines and integrated propulsion systems (IPS) for a 70-100-seat transport. The request for information (RFI) covers turbofan and turboprop options, but the thrust requirement called for is viewed by powerplant makers as the first significant potential launch window for a new, fuel-efficient family of propeller engines. The same engines could also power future designs under study by established turboprop manufacturers ATR and Bombardier.

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