For anyone who wants to be piloting a fighter plane in future:
NRaoji, you have hit the target with more precision than a laser pointer. The Indian babooncracy starts with
no no no no no yaaar, that will not work onlee. All eej Maya. Bhavitavyam bhaveteva. (burp!) whiyar eej the whisky bottle?
Then tries to think up mumbo-jumbo to explain the sheer expertise behind that pre-set conclusion.
Thanks for all these objections! Can be better prepared to bat them away now.
1. Do you seriously believe that a UCAV will come out of ppl used to designing manned fighters? er... HOW MANY ppl does India have, that have designed a manned fighter, still not retired? (I mean the ppl, not the fighter).
So let's scratch that.
2. The first thing to do in thinking of a UCAV is to diss "air superiority", just as the ancient kings should have discarded Upturned Nose superiority and focused on ground superiority and got off their elephants and hired a horde of donkeys instead. There is no human at risk here. The advantages of that simple fact have to be built into the thinking.
3. "India is getting one from Israel as we post".
India is getting 5000 from Israel WarMalt. No wonder they gave PM a red carpet welcome (Nut&yahoo and entire cabinet apparently greeted him at the foot of the stairs and stayed with him until he left. Unprecedented welcome like Biggest Sucker In The World Coming With Open Purse).
4."Most UCAVs are designed from UAVs". Very true. All 0 of them to-date. This why people suggest High Altitude Sensor difficulties (to see down from 50K feet - see your post above) as obstacles for terrain-following UCAVs.
5. Fundamental difference: UCAVs have to be designed to operate as one of a horde, not a prima donna
. Dog-pack, not Lion. The UCAVs that you see from NASA etc are TDs, so they try to pack everything into one system. The "Ghatak" Artist's conception is a weak imitation of the Boeing UCAV etc, which are just imitations of B-2 (which came from the Akila RPV. I remember accurately predicting at lunch the shape of the New SuperSecret Bomber way back, saying that explains why the Akila has such a huge Cost Overrun.
6. You are never going to get anywhere in manufacturing with the present directions in India. Tech Transfer and Licensed Production have not taught HAL to manufacture LCAs despite some 60 years of building MiG21s, Janguars, Mirage 2000s, Su-27s and Su-30s. Why do you think F-16, which comes completed except for assembling out of a box, is going to magically transform Indian manufacturing competence? The Russian planes I bet came with a lot of sheet metal and rivet work still needed - are those plants now robotic after all these years?
HAL engine factory has been operating off blueprints since 1970s...
Under BTW file: PMO has tied, at the hips, the AMCA and Ghatak programs.
Ghatak seems to be as serious as Avatar and the ElectroMagnetic Gun. And of course the Kaveri Engine. It is exactly 40 years today since I first saw the gleaming Kaveri injun in a glass case in GTRE. National pride. AXIAL compressor engine. AFTERBURNER!!!
We can revisit that in 40 years if India is still around (I won't be).
Old Chinese plovelb:
If u keep doing things the way u did them yesteldin, y do u expect diffelent lesurts tomollow?
I suggest more thinking. The objections cited above can be batted out of the field in an instant. Please bring better ones. Thx