chola wrote:The GOI can never fund that many engine companies, I know. But I don’t want it to. I want the private sector to fight for government contracts so that HAL can get some competition and create that churning eco-system that can wring out efficiencies and drive innovation. A government monopoly like HAL can help but be slow and static.
Government does not need to fund them all, nor fund everything. What government should do is to fund the bas level enabling technologies (things which need huge upfront investments and have long gestation time or which are generic in nature) and make them freely available to private players who can then use them and develop solutions at much lower investment. Let me give one example. Our labs ADA, NAL, ISRO has a good number of good design and analysis softwares. Why not make them available freely to all Indians...? Today if a company wants to develop a half-decent turbojet, it will have to invest Crores of rupees per year just in buying licenses for SW from companies like Ansys, MSc etc. But if decent SWs are available for almost no money, then even a small startup can think of working on some great solutions. This is only one example how GOI can subsidize cost of technology development for private companies. There can be many such things. This is not limited to only aero-def companies. Companies working in virtually every sector will be benefited out of such sharing. Billions of dollars worth of cost to private companies can be eliminated and at the same time some SMEs can be provided with far superior tools in their hands which they could not have afforded otherwise. Imagine the hike in productivity of SMEs if they can easily run hi fidelity simulations for even small components. I have worked in a tech startup and I know how lack of quality tools can hamper one's ability to do quality work.
But of coarse, it aint gonna happen in existing system.