BTW has India (DRDO I guess) ever toyed with the idea of manufacturing an airliner?
HAL has made civilian aircraft under license before. The HS748 being the first(beginning 1969) , adn the Dornier 228 which began local production around '81(?). Today it s only built for the army and corporate airliner (quite a few corporate houses have them).
As for local designs NAL has built the prototype for a 14 seat (now being stretched to seat 21) turboprop called Saras for commuter airlines and ambulance use. I saw this aircraft at an exhibition, and it looks rather like a propeller driven DC9 with rear facing tail mounted engines, rather strange for a prop!
Then there is a 100-seat jet which is still on the drawing board. I saw 2 designs for this. One of them has a "Look Honey i shrunk the Airbus!" look and the inspiration is pretty obvious.
The other design (which has been approved) looks like a big fat piece of shit, possibly the ugliest flying machine ever built. A full size mockup of this was there at last years Aero India show and could be there this year as well.
Last i heard, HAL is talking to Indonesia (???) to get this thing moving! China I could understand, but Indonesia for building an airliner? Duh!
BTW the 100-seater was launched in 1983!