Rishi Verma wrote:Can't believe the words being thrown around. "solve the problems with LCA", "induct the lca in large numbers", I have faith in NaMo and Parrikar and IAF. If LCA production issues were solved then they would have ordered more LCA.
Yup ... spoken like true-blue customer.
Somebody has to solve all such hands-dirty issues, so that lordships can lord over multiple signing-in-triplet-committees, over an unlimited supply of chai-somosas-biskuts, to do a favor and order a few.
In fact the NDTV interview "walk the talk" where CLaw guy says that even they were surprised by what the LCA can achieve. It's OK, it's a first fbw plane designed in India. But if the (designers) were unsure of the capability obviously customer wasn't either.
Wah!! Wah!! what a root-causal anal-ysis there.
And production wasn't envisaged early on.
Yup - ofcourse it wasn't. Don't you know it was a science project that went on for 3 decades? Never heard of any productionising etc of science projects that too of a khadi-gramodyog level - have you?
Now that LCA is slowly making its mark, going through improvement cycles, it will be inducted.
Ofcourse it will be ... there's already a confirmed order of super-giant, mammoth and colossal 20 platforms.
Those will surely be inducted ... and 20 are big-enough for the kallurams, how dare they dream of anything more.
F-16 or whichever import is not meant for "LCA killing", it's for killing pakis and chinnis. As long as the killing gets done, what does it matter with which plane.
Right ... you know there was once a guy who gave 3 laws of motion, and the 3rd law said some-thing like "... opposite reaction".
Unfortunately the "... opposite reaction" of this phrase "Killing" is "getting killed" - also called attrition.
And when that happens, I'm sure these lordships will make the innumerable shashtang-ashanas to the uber-lordships of the OEM countries, to ensure atleast some back-filling of these attrition-losses - of course, if these uber-lordships will very-kindly allow these platforms to be flown in anger in the first place,, when there's a remote chance of their favorite munna getting bitch-slapped etc.
Strategic independence indeed!!
(PS - there's a platform called Su-30MKI which is also MII for quite some time (ok ok, I agree, the making of these predates the invention of this super-sophisticated MII phrase - so that phrase shouldn't apply to those).
Of course, by now we can "make" any number of AL-31FP anytime we wish - as the OEM has whispered to our ears the secret recipe of SC blades, the LPC/HPC disk-blade joining, the applicable thermal-coatings, the combustor-lining mettalurgy etc etc etc etc etc).