Philip wrote:The IL-476 was a missed opportunity.We could've got involved in some manner,just as doors ad other components are being made for Boeing/Airbus,whoever.Our own requirements would've been about 40 aircraft alone.With several hundreds for Russia over time and other exports.Plus Tanker and AWCS/EW versions.
Please give us a break. Russia is going to buy "several hundred" of these aircraft? Where are they going to get the money for that? Even the US of A which spends more on military than the next 10 countries combined only has 200 C-17s.
[Even Dmitry Rogozin does not share you enthusiasm. He's hopeful of building just "dozens" of the IL-476 by 2020. ]
You know it's fine to have a rosy tinted view of Ruskie maal and most of us value you're contributions on the state of Russian armaments. However, please be realistic.
Precisely why should have India got into a JV for the IL-476? What strategic objective would it have served India because as you say the requirement would be only around 40 aircraft or so. Bear in mind, considering JV costs the off the shelf price we'd pay per unit would be much higher than brochure prices that are being quoted here?
Of course I can see that a JV would have served Rodinas' strategic objective of using Indian money to restart a mothballed line. And you know what would have happened regarding the "other exports"? The exports would have been to our good friend the Chinese. Think of the delicious scenario, Indian money to start a Russian production run with an end customer being the Chinese.
Big transporters of that class have very few export customers - very few nations need them. All of the countries in the Western block would go for US or European solutions. The only other "customers" are India and China.
Please, please don't sell a lemon. There is already a lemon salesman running amok on this thread.
The rest of your post is interesting and as I said before, I may not agree with everything you write but I value your contributions interesting to read.
PS: It make much more sense to go for a JV on a medium transport solutions as the rule of thumb is the smaller the weight category the more numbers you'd need. And I think India is doing just that, na?