With public offices, I don't think that we will get any better than the snail's pace ... I am sorry to say this, but there needs to be much more personal gains/losses at stake than national interest for things to roll.
Correct. OT again but here is how it works in khan:
To be chosen a defense contractor, the supplier must have a successful track record of operations and a minimum technical QC rating. Unkil will favor those companies that have developed proprietary tech at their own risk and if chosen, will pay for that tech. Once contract is given, Khan picks up all development and tooling costs and guarantees a reasonable profit. Everything is done to ensure smooth progress of the contract, including a well laid out delivery schedule and advance payment for materials etc. There is minimal risk to the private vendor and govt business is the closest one can come to guaranteed profit in the private sector. Govt contractors have the inside track on future contracts going forward, mainly because they have become intimately familiar with the "mil specs". Unkil is integral to all operations starting with development of specs and design of parts and tooling and ending with testing, QC and shipping but it will not interfere with the running of the company. Govt engineers, contract specialists and private contractors are guided by the letter of very clearly written and unambiguous regulations and instructions at every stage and redundant paper/electronic trails are created. There is little scope for corruption. Contract specialists scrupulously avoid getting too chummy with contractors. This system is visible in everything from the F-35 to small arms.
I would suspect that the system is very much the same in France except that high-level chumminess probably plays a bigger part. Not a single major MIC today is purely government or private. They all operate on the principle of government providing direction and support and the private sector providing the expertise. The common thread is that there is no room for sycophancy or unanswerablity at any level and the sole determining factor is results and merit. Discipline is provided effectively in the private sector by the usual means and in dicktatorial regimes by the Gulag or a bullet in the head. India is the only country where the government runs everything and decades of delay, waste and non-performance are tolerated.
If the Kaveri has indeed been dropped, it is a positive sign and we may yet see an AMCA that joins the IAF in large numbers before it is obsolete. It will be as "Indian" as an Embraer plane is Brazilian. It is also a good sign that GoI has seemingly chosen not to window dress a Snecma core and call it Kaveri. Hopefully GTRE will continue working on jet engines but IMHO, it should be folded into a private-public company in which the government has minimal input besides putting in the money. Pay and perks should be BETTER than private industry if we want things to change in this critical area. GTRE (or whatever it is called then) should become an elite company that every top engineer in India or abroad wants to join.