nam wrote:We cannot realistically expect to design and build ourselves, specially for tech which we have no ecosystem of. We need someone to teach us to some level. Else there would be no need of universities and student can graduate themselves by studying at home.
Why do we need to steal? Look at Turkey. It has access to european tech and has been able to grow their ecosystem and build some good weapon system. Did they steal?
I am a great supporter of kis** Japan, SK & taiwan where ever they want, as long as they include us in their production supply & design chain.
One may argue we have done similar with the auto industry, but still critical components (gear box transmission) are not fully indigenised.
Regarding Turkey, I do not really know how much high-end stuff they have actually designed
as opposed to licensed manufacture.
The thing is our requirements are immense, we need cutting edge tech, but no one out there will share the meaty details with us, because then they
will lose their
cutting edge and they spend a long long time, money and efforts to get there. This is why they will be happy to set up license manufacturing and share the blue prints, tooling etc. But will always hold back the know-why
. In the case of Japan, Korea and Taiwan it's a case of once-bitten-twice-shy based on their past experiences with China, or in case of Japan, thrice-bitten-so-very-shy. Why would they want to repeat, what they perceive as their past mistakes with us?
This is not about "kis*" anyone, but about realising that for cutting edge technologies, we'll have to develop it ourselves. Facilitate a set up that will nurture ideas and startups that will one day evolve into cutting edge technologies and applications. We can and should endeavour to participate in the supply chain and for that we need to provide incentives for those willing to invest. Japanese, Koreans, Taiwanese or Europeans will all look for similar incentives that would prompt them to move their existing supply chains to India.
Other option is buy the technology and the know-why
as it becomes available on the market- companies going into bankruptcy or disengaging from certain applications, for instance and therefore, IP and all the other details are put on sale. I believe Kalyani systems purchased the designs and all the tech for manufacturing 155mm guns from an Austrian company.
But even there, governments are also mindful of letting sensitive knowledge pass into foreign hands. Toshiba recently filed for bankruptcy and put out their units for sale, including the chip-making unit. Japanese government blocked a proposal from a Chinese company to acquire the unit.
Heck we have had Tatas owning JLR and Corus for a decade now. How much of high-end stuff from there has actually found its way into Tata Steel and/or Tata Motors?