|The Indian AEW&CS project is based on the Embraer EMB-145 regional jet|
HAL and NAL, who have been
The assertion is surprising since in the past, speculation has centered on a RTA developed in collaboration with Canadian Bombardier or Brazil's Embraer. (Why Bombardier or Embraer would help HAL become a competitor in the limited market is anybody's guess.)
Technically, Bombardier is an American company, so maybe there is no reason to be surprised. More so since Boeing doesn't make RTAs.
Anyway, HAL and NAL propose to setup a joint venture with initial funding of Rs 20 crore to produce the RTA. The project has government backing despite serious doubts about the viability of a RTA in the Indian commercial aviation sector.
If the Indian RTA ever rolls out of a HAL manufacturing plant, it's likely to be lapped up only by Air India not any private airline; with politics, not profits, as the imperative. And if the grossly mismanaged Air India ceases to exist by the time the HAL-NAL RTA rolls out, there is always IAF to dump the aircraft on.