Sorry, just saw this
JayS wrote:X-posting from LCA thread
NRao sahab, those 230 Cr rupees are given for some basic 5th gen technology RnD such as serpentine intake, may be SW development for aero-electromagnetic shaping, RAM coating and things like that which are essential for AMCA and Ghatak and is only a small starting. You were talking of prototypes for AMCA. I don't have to tell you that in 230Cr one probably could make only a wooden prototype for RCS testing, do I..?? That's all it is enough for. And may be a scaled flying UAV for some basic aero characteristics. AMCA PV will need 3000-4000Cr funding at the bare minimum.
1) The "231 Crore" topic first surfaced in Feb, 2017
. (I did not post this info then because some parts of the article - unrelated to the numbers - are plagiarized.) There were others reporting similar numbers
2) The reports suggested that this (231 crore) was "seed funding", indicating it was part of a larger number
3) The larger number was 3000 crore
The only reason I decided to run with the "231 crore" was because it came from SJha. And, even then, if you read my last sentence of my post, I had doubts. I should have perhaps clarified that the 231 crore, in my mind, was "seed funds". But then I just assumed that people do conduct their own research and would have come across the earlier/Feb articles.
4) Actually, much earlier (as I had posted), DRDO was seeking
5) Do not know about "wooden", but right behind the Feb 5th report on "231 crore" was the report about a 1:1 model
As your correspondent reports, the first 1:1 full scale model of India’s fifth generation concept Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) is being built in Bengaluru. Later this year, the model will undergo a series of rigorous tests at an RCS facility in Hyderabad, where the programme team will have its fest chance at seeing how the shape they’ve chosen for the jet deals with radiation.
a) It would be great if we can confirm if this model was ever started. I assumed it had
b) This has got to be the first step in the AMCA build out and if it has started, then the AMCA is that much closer to the goal line