chetak wrote:To go to a pusher configuration, right off the bat, makes no sense.
So far their vision seems to be working on the Saras.
The Saras' delay was due to its funding being cutoff by short sighted individuals at the first sign of troubles.
But troubles are inherent in anything difficult and there is a learning curve to overcome.
This is the only real civilian aircraft project that's moving ahead - so lets give it some support instead of brickbats.
At the time, the larger and pressurized 328 version was also available for the asking because of serious financial difficulties at the parent company.
That opportunity was also let go.
Without any malice intended, the saras has no market. It will, at best, be dumped on the forces who do not need it.
Much more reliable, tested and well proven aircraft of this size are readily available with a well set marketing and after sales support that are languishing in the wilderness of a scarce market.
what is to be done with an aircraft that is still a good 8-10 years away from being marketed after due certification?? It needs a full fledged spares support and a spares supply network.
Documentation, manuals and spare parts schedule with full featured drawings to aid parts identification, fitment and maintenance work is needed. This documentation needs to be delivered in some very specific internationally accepted documentation standard. All this very highly specialized work, far removed from the specialities available at NAL who anyway are too hoi polloi to dirty their hands with such mundane, painstaking and pedestrian labour. Such work is never in the limelight so there will be not m(any) takers for it.
In the meanwhile, the rest of the highly competitive regional market would have moved along just that much further ahead.
Is the objective of this project technology demonstration?? or product development??
On either count, its far from impressive at this point.
Everyone is patriotic but one must draw the line somewhere and have the courage to call a spade a spade.
I am sure that many universities and IITs are more than capable of doing what NAL has done so far.
Maybe its time that we seriously looked inwards, honestly reflected and searched our souls as well as our nationally available talent pool to set up a go getter team that is impartially selected from available resources, based solely on merits and best fit considerations and take it from there, without worrying too much about some outmoded guru shishya parampara.
In any lab/organisation, there are, at best, only a few really bright, self starting and inspired sparks who are able to produce tangible research results and command respect.
The rest are merely pedestrian, mostly passive passengers and onlookers cleverly avoiding responsibilities.
BTW, funding is cut mostly because of loss of confidence and non delivery of agreed upon and verifiable project milestones and not because of the shortsightedness of some individuals in dilli far removed from the scene.
After the accident, did anyone resign??, own up responsibility?? or in the truly and in the age old Indian way, did they simply go home, have dinner, watch TV and go to sleep??
How much confidence do you think is left after the idly avro and the saras accidents??
there is no reliable research to discover/forecast/predict/quantify the numbers of saras that will be required by the regional aircraft market in the country or even the region.
So how are the production numbers going to be set?? this will seriously affect tooling, jigs and manpower, no??