Pratyush wrote:If that's the case, then it makes perfect sense to cancel the import of the LUH.
IIRC, a lot of FUD was spread regarding the suitability of the Shakti for the LCH. That it was unsuitable for a single engine machine. However, when the FUD was viewed in the light of the Cheetal upgrade, it made no sense.
I think the problem was in the Frenchies charging an arm and a leg to certify Shakti for the LUH as this would need a slight redesign/modification. Different redesign/modification than that needed for Cheetal.
I think that make in India is a clever way to get in a foreign helo without attracting criticism against a so called nationalist government. Who will have IP in the case of make in India? The way I think of this is that Modi wants make in India as a means of employment generation and not necessarily as a means to get an aerospace ecosystem started. There is no way for an Indian private sector player to manufacture under license and then magically have the capability to design a helo in the next decade.
Also the Apache should never have been bought. A waste of money given LCH is nearing test completion. A Chinook I can somewhat understand but cannot understand an Apache unless Jaitley is afraid of pissing off the Americans.