Austin wrote:On Brahmos , Dr Pillai stated recently it will be indiginised in 3 years
Fully indigenous BrahMos missile to be rolled out in three years"We currently use fully indigenous steel for the missile. Now we are trying to undertake the integration part also at BrahMos," Pillai told reporters here.
"Efforts to make the missile engine at BrahMos will also be realized in three years. However, the explosive components of the missiles will be sourced from outside as we cannot handle explosives in our unit," he said.
When he says 'efforts [will]... be realized', does that imply we're negotiating for the engine technology, or have we acquired it and are setting up production?
BrahMos Aerospace's highly respectable CEO Dr A Sivathanu Pillai provided this brief rejoinder: "This is a joint venture. So, there's no question of transfer of technology. Russia manufactures the engines, we manufacture the guidance system and integrate the two. Transfer of technology occurs if the technology is purchased." (link)
Which would have been fine if we were merely paying them a licensing fee, some ToT cost and paying for Russian-sourced components. But the beauty of this venture is, for $250 million NPOM now owns 50% of all BAPL assets over and above what it charges for Russian-sourced equipment and ToT, and all this while Russia far from buying a single BrahMos, is actively flogging the Yakhont on the export market.
The Russians have invested in a fresh new variant of the Yakhont/Onyx at their own expense, with the intention to field it as an export cruise missile like the BrahMos. (link)
Given the performance of the missile, I can see why the IN (and then the IA & IAF) wanted to acquire it. Question is, did we have to go through this 'joint-venture' business to get a license to manufacture and customize the Yakhont?
On FGFA Direct Interview Quotes from Air Chief and HAL Chief to FORCE
Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne
There have been no design changes to the FGFA sought vis-à-vis the ASQRs. The FGFA includes features like super manoeuvrability, super cruise, low observability, sensor fusion and centralised information management. The MTA project is a Joint Venture between HAL and Russian UAC-TA for development and production of a Medium Transport Aircraft. The MTA will be a 15 to 20 T class aircraft. As HAL will be involved in the project from the design stage, it will provide HAL the opportunity to absorb critical transport aircraft technology that would be useful for future requirements of the IAF
Air Chief PV Naik
The FGFA is being jointly developed by India and Russia to meet the operational requirements of both countries. It is a swing role fighter with very advanced avionics, stealth characteristics, enhanced lethality, 360-degree situational awareness, smart weapons, data links and high-end mission computers. The aircraft will also have super-cruise and long-range capabilities. All issues pertaining to the FGFA programme have been discussed and resolved with Russia. The agreement is in its final stages. We envisage induction of these aircraft by 2017.
The requirements don't differ from that listed for the PAK FA. I'm yet to hear about the substantial differences between the PAK FA and FGFA.