UlanBatori wrote:We know...
So how do we get baboon interested in desh is the pooch. Not necessarily Googal, in fact we don't have any foot under door there (if anyone can help in that, MUCH obliged, may your goats feed on the richest tulip crop in IslamaGood). We do have a technology that can do this much better than imagined. Developed for u-no-hu to transport humvees much quicker over aarpeegeestan. Googal IMO winches the load down, for which we have no need.
But u c the breakthrough potential? 2-hr delivery anywhere, don't even mess with the roads. More ppl in India need lifesaving drugs and other gizmos, than in the Kangaroostan boonies.
Absolutely, I see the potential.. but I am not sure it is the job of baboons. Private industry needs to step up. The start up eco system and private ventures are mostly focussed on service industries and software products. Very rarely we get to see private industry investing in R&D in electronic and mechanical industry. Any exceptions here only prove this observation.
Government baboons do try to help by coming up with ideas such as aerospace tech park, etc., but they are still aimed at fostering a service industry and ecosystem for commoditised spare parts to MNC majors. Nothing that truly incentivises R&D and manufacture of drones or robots. Government can do much to change this sorry state of affairs. It can provide cost effective infrastructure for the private industry to incubate new ideas in this area and providing tax sops and some mechanism to provide guaranteed purchase once the technical requirements are met by private parties. This would involve some out of the box arrangement and risk taking. For example, instead of buying all the micro and mini drones from Israel, we can just buy the most urgent need from Israel and fund few Indian private players with a development contract to develop similar drones within a stipulated time. In this case, government can release money gradually upon seeing progress with penalty for slowness in delivery compared to agreed upon SLAs. This would be very different than a tender process, and has scope for corruption, but there arent many options to quickly bootstrap a private industry.
Private players may import the needed talent from any country and put things together quickly and establish a manufacturing base which will bring the costs down for bottom of the drone pyramid. Govt also may not have much objections to expats working on low and medium end of drones as long as certain conditions are met.
When I visited Sikkim recently, especially areas near the border, it was obvious that in several areas in mountainous regions there is only one road which acts as the lifeline. Any enemy action during wartime or landslides anytime can make those places unreachable except through air support. Helicopters are a risky and expensive way of providing logistics at high altitudes. Drones are the best bet.
India can only ignore drones and robots to its own peril. Instead of asking DRDO to solve the vast gap that exists, government needs to further encourage and incentivise private industry to do more here. DRDO can work on higher end of the drone pyramid once there is enough eco system and good pool of human resources with enough knowledge and experience in that area. The pace of innovation and scope for creativity and application in this area can only be handled by a very thriving and hyper competitive private industry. There is no chance for any government monopolies to do anything worthwhile in this space. It would be just a wrong strategy.
Just my 2c.