CM ji, I sincerely wish they cancel the M2K upgrade and go with Kaveri++. We can get some 80+ Rafale, and rest devote on AMCA/FGFA. M2K and Rafale platforms are an ideal candidate for K++.
Some of the major reasons for time and cost overruns are first-time development of an engine, lack of skilled manpower in engine manufacturing, enhancement in the scope of project during development, lack of infrastructure for engine manufacture testing and component/system level testing within the country.
"Flying test bed trials was not originally included as a milestone in the project. Engine and component failure during testing, which is inevitable in these kind of projects, resulted in changes in design and material based on various reviews," Antony said.
Foreign manufacturing agencies too showed less priority for the project in view of minimum order quantity, that is the production order quantity from other engine houses.
US sanctions imposed in 1998 (after India's nuclear tests in Pokhran under the National Democratic Alliance regime) affected the delivery of critical systems and components, he added.
so, we have identified areas of weakness. that is a ++ sign.