Neela wrote:Just read the news the Spicejet will buy Bombarider Q400 . 23 bought. 25 further planned.
Q400 uses PW 12X series turboprops.
We have no R&D or development of turboprops. Surely Surely this is a more achievable target with implications for military transport.
We do not even have a piston for the Rustom I and had to import a Lycoming 4-cylinder. With the Rustom II we needed to import a Saturn turboprop. We do not have a turbojet for trainers, drones, cruise missiles even though we had assembled hundreds of Tumanskies for the MiG-21.
So when we went for a cutting edge combat turbofan with the Kaveri in the 1990s, we were attempting a moonshot without any of the industrial infrastructure needed for such a development.
It could not be anything other than a lab experiment by GTRE because when the industry cannot provide you with components that you have to either make from scratch inside your lab or buy from the phoren market.
We need a foundation for the engine industry. It can’t just be a fighter turbofan. We need the whole gamut — pistons, turboprops and turbojets too.