ragupta wrote:It is still in design, The design should be such to incorporate a class of engine, rather than just one engine.
For once lets design with access power, for all that we know every plane so far is always found to be short of power. This will help create a Mk-2 stretch version later. Better now that later for design modification.
Again, from what I have googled over the years.
414 and 110 are two diff class of engines: size being one major diff and power being the other. I would expect the rest to be about the same: FADEC, etc.
On "design". Once the size changes (as we experienced in the LCA), then there are major changes for which IMHO India is not yet ready. Perhaps in the next major air craft, but I very much doubt in the AMCA.
On excess power, that is the idea in the 110 kn engines. The AMCA team has requested a setting more than the AMCA needs. Again this was based on the LCA experience.
IMVVHO, the AMCA may not compare well with a F-35/22, but I really think that it will pleasantly surprise a LOT of people. And, IMHO again, given the technologies at hand and more so the funding, I think the AMCA is coming along pretty good. Since it has been held under wraps we really do not know too much about the effort - and I think it is a really good move to keep it under wraps.
The engine is the key for the time being. And looks - to me at least - that India will get what she asked for for the "engine". So, from purely an AMCA PoV, it seems it will be a plane that is well designed.
If the AMCA is already designed around the F-414, then we have no choice but to order F/A-18 SH in order to get access to the engine.
I would not overlook the F-16. LM has - via the F-35 - built a narrative for supply chain, real-time testing, support, etc that is real leading edge. I cannot definitively say that all that would come across, but, it is worth bargaining for.
All that coupled with manufacturing techs. And, I have no clue what they mean by "radar": is it the latest-1 gen of an AESA, does it come with the source code, etc?