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March 2007 edition

India's M&M plans composite aircraft production by 2010

India's Bangalore-based car maker Mahindra & Mahindra is planning to produce an aircraft based on composite technology and targeted at the air taxi, cargo and medical evacuation sectors.

It has signed an agreement for the design and development of the new aircraft with the National Aerospace Laboratories, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and the government of India.

The company says the aircraft is being designed and developed to perform a variety of missions, including four to five passenger transport and cargo operations.

It adds: "A combination of state-of-the-art composite technology as well as advanced sheet metal fabrication techniques are proposed. It will be contemporary....

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