India recently became the manufacturing centre for the Tata-Airbus consortium’s C295 tactical transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the groundwork for the plant’s manufacturing hub in Gujarat. Following this, reports surfaced indicating that Embraer, a Brazilian plane maker, is looking for a manufacturing partner for its proposed new-generation turboprop, for which India is also being considered. The subject has been discussed for some time, and recent reports reinforce the possibility of India’s consideration.
The possibility of the Brazilian manufacturer establishing a plant in India is bolstered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that India will soon be an aircraft manufacturing hub. According to the statement, either foreign manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus are coming to India or home-grown designs are being manufactured.
According to Business Standard, Embraer stated, “We are in talks with potential partners in India and around the world about a variety of partnering options for the next generation turboprop aircraft, including manufacturing. These discussions are ongoing and moving along nicely.” However, it was clarified that the aircraft is still in development and that the project’s commitment to launch is still pending. However, reports indicate that the Brazilian manufacturer hopes to begin work on the project next year, with the plane ready for service by 2028.