pandyan wrote:HAL should have tied up with Tata to bulk manufacture Dhruv. Unless they learn to rope in pvt sector investments, they wont be able to compete effectively even with good products.
Actually Pandyan involvement of the private sector is an incremental process because manufacture of even a single aircraft involves fashioning of tens of thousands of components that no single entity (not even Tata) can do. HAL is such a behemoth only because the capability to fashion most components has been created "in house" either by HAL or other PSUs. This of course creates inefficiencies in the manner of "for the want of a nail the horse was lost". Any single "sick" or inefficient unit within the PSUs will delay the whole project.
The way to speed things up is to outsource components and even this process has bee started in earnest only in the last decade or so - literally under the gaze of BRF jingos. For private industry to be interested in making parts for the aerospace industry, it has to be profitable.
The dilemma is a little like providing an air service to the North east in India. Private airlines will look at profitability. Only the GoI has the funds and the motivation to run an non profitable airline to some towns in the North East. It is essential for the nation to keep every part of the country connected and supplied even if it is wasteful, - but not good business for a profit seeker who will never do that. Similarly - the PSUs were making aircraft parts in unprofitably small numbers from a period in time when no private company had the capability or motivation to do that.