dhiraj wrote:BTW regarding AESA, Engine i did not mean buying them from abroad, that we are already doing , i suggested being self-sufficient in such tech to meet any of our requirements.
You started of questioning how cutting edge AMCA is going to be. Now you are changing the subject to how indigenous is it going to be. Stick to one point and then probably somebody can answer you.
I will try to answer some of your concerns.
1. Like you, I don;t have faith in Kaveri making it into AMCA. But that is not going to hold AMCA back. We might get imported engines. So what? Till we get our engines, we can't put them in our planes. And at the moment, I am very gloomy on that respect.
2. However, the situation is very different on the radar front. I think you missed the interview by Dr. Saraswat. We have the AESA antenna from the CABS AEW&CS. They designed it in a modular way and of course they tested it. So a smaller antenna can be easily made from that. We already have the backend of the radar even in the MMR which is going on to the Mk1 today.
3. We need weapons integration. I have a feeling that weapons on the AMCA are going to be very similar as that on the PAKFA. Weapons carried internally have more requirements that weapons carried outside. They have to fit inside the bay and they have to eject out of the bay during different flight regimes. For example F-22 can eject a internal missiles even while doing a roll, but it cannot eject a missile while it is flying supersonic (which is detrimental to the range of WVR missiles). PAKFA is supposedly going to be able to overcome this limitation. These learning and the adapted missiles will be incorporated into the AMCA.
4. The odds of LCA fructifying were much worse than AMCA fructifying. LCA is a reality today. Just be a little patient, AMCA will also come through.