I've been hearing the same stuff about human resources since 2010. Even the poster prasannasimha had provided me with name of a consultancy which hires folks on contract for ADA. When someone I know with some aerospace experience from outside India, was looking to relocate to India ,so that he could be part of product development, the consultancy said that they only place freshers. He wanted to visit their office and just speak to them but he was told not to waste his time. There are a small set of experienced folks in BLR/outside India who are committed/interested in working in a product dev environment, willing to compromise a little on the compensation part. Not pittance like 15K/month which is usually what these folks pay to freshers...but these folks are willing to stick on and learn during the process unlike most freshers who quit at the first opportunity of more money. Unfortunately, I have not seen any recruitments ads or any avenues for folks like above to work with Govt labs. The Chinese have established a Pvt aerospace company in CA, which "consults" COMAC back in China. They are hiring contractors at both locations i.e. China as well as CA office from US. We drag our feet on building up resources while spending billions on imports. No wonder India gets treated like junk when it comes to aerospace engineering. Sorry for the rant...have to periodically get it off from my chest.
It is incredulous really. India IS criminally lethargic when it comes to Aerospace investment.
A thing or two could be learned from the Chinese.
$15 billion injected into Chinese jet engine program. Mock them all you want. But such large sums invested over several years will pay dividends.
The Chinese know that for their own market alone, buying foreign jet engines & their lifetime support will bleed their aircraft industry and companies.
They mocked Huawei once. Today they edge out Ericsson from the mobile infrastructure market in !!Europe!!
Comac C919 - 10 years investement. Pitting against the A320 - the most widely sold aircraft in the world. In a few years, they will have the CHinese market. And in 5-10 years, they will undercut Airbus elsewhere. yes, it is driven by LEAP engine from CFM . And people can deride the program by saying the engine is foreign.
But at least they are not waiting for their own engine to be ready....parallelizing and mmaking up with domestic knowhow as they learn and grow.
Parrikar mentioned that there is a need for 4000-6000 turboshaft engines for the domestic market alone.
But makes no mention of passenger aircraft.
Saras was left to hibernate for 5 years or so. RTA-70/90 didnt manage to cross paper-work milestone. (even the military IJT seems to be spin and stall tests forever. )
And we aren't even thinking about 150 passenger aircraft.
India will keep buying aerospace nuts, bolts to CKDs to fully assmebled aircrafy and bleed every $ that others work hard to earn.
Is there anyting stopping us from making a high by-pass for commercial variant derived from Kaveri? Throw some money there. Let the initial work start. There will be tonnes to learn , identify problems and gain experience in that. Why are we waiting and twiddling our thumbs.
Have we tried even integrating the existing Kaveri with say a Mig-29? Again, there will be so much to learn and gain experience from.
There seems to be no urgency to think about competing in the domestic market with our own product , let alone thinking of far more time-consuming things like resource pool, univ education, internships, domestic aviation manufacturing policy etc.
Yet $8 billion gets stuffed into Raha's Gucci bag in no time.
We are destined to be slaves.