The Indian Regional Transport Aircraft, Turbofan Variant Gets A Makeover
India’s National Civil Aircraft Development (NCAD) design bureau, under the National Aerospace Laboratory, had initially projected two variants of its Regional Transport Aircraft (RTA) with massive (95%) commonality in fuselage, empennage and wing design — something that befuddled many. The new picture above shows the base turboprop concept as it always has been, but the turbofan variant is all-new — low wing, no T-tail for starters. There goes NAL’s ludicrously optimistic dream of 95% commonality of airframe and non-engine systems between both variants. Compare with the variants here.