Mahindra Aerospace is to begin manufacturing smaller civil aircraft for the Indian aviation market.

Mahindra board member Hemant Luthra told the Indo-Asian news service (IANS) that it would manufacture turboprop aircraft in two to 20-seat capacity at the recently acquired Gippsland Aeronautics (GA) facility in Australia and market them in India.

Manufacturing will be shifted to India within three years, when Mahindra’s plant near Bangalore is set up and certified for production .

Mahindra vice-chairman and managing director Anand Mahindra told IANS that it would explore every opportunity to become a top aircraft manufacturer.