prataparudra wrote:Watched the video of Dr. Saraswat presentation. A few thoughts of my own. With research experience in US universities, I can say that some of the technologies that DRDO is aiming to achieve, would require a lot of investment in research tools, personnel etc, that Its hard for me to believe that they would be realized in any time soon.
Each of the bullet points in his presentation, be it Structures, materials, engines, guidance&navigation would require a lot of people with advanced degree and interest in these fields and years and years of research, and still they have to be lucky.
It almost feels like DRDO short lists all the cutting edge tech,science (typically borrowed from overseas) and then throws people and money at it , and see if they can figure it out. The advantage of this approach is that you are really not working on any project that has no real end use, unlike west (US) where lot of research is done without immediate clear goals.
The disadvantages are many, first you are always playing catchup. Secondly, you only have few teams or people working at it, versus, west where multiple universities work on similar projects. Hence significant delay in figuring out stuff, if at all the Indian teams get lucky.
I sincerely hope , the government looks into attracting more Phds with higher stipends, NRI professors with exact pay package as in us and investment in research tools and BIG BIG investements for design iterations and prototype testing. Without this, a big portion of what Dr. Saraswat presented will remain a dream.
Yes, its hard no doubt but remember whatever we are being shown in that presentation is meant for a public audience. A lot of what has been mentioned has already been achieved or we are well on that path. For instance the points he raised viz nav systems, or the radars or the missile subsystems - in each, we are not starting from scratch and are fairly ahead already in terms of managing some critical systems eg BMs while other items (eg seekers are being worked on as priority). In short, while things are not ideal, its not that they are so behind that this is utopian either, most of the stuff in that presentation rounds out what we knew in bits and pieces of what they are on track towards or have demonstrated in some form or the other In short, in another decade, we will have a fairly robust local aerospace system able to churn out a wide variety of systems.