chola wrote:Bhaskar_T wrote:
What good is making 70% of the MKI when it is tied to some damn contract with a phoren nation? Why can't that line in Nasik be used to build an indigenous aircraft? Hell even an desi Flanker clone. I don't give rat's arse if it is illegal or not. Far better than letting a hard fought production line and, more importantly, a precious local eco-system die on the vine.
I am so tired of us paying for "partnerships" and "ToT" that ends after a contract run and we are left blank sheet again and having to pay the next set of goras for every new goddam project.
Its a license. You pay for each unit you assemble/build at your facility. That is how every licensing deal works. They make royalty on each unit built. the contract included provisions to have Russia supply various raw materials used to build up parts like titanium forgings, various fasteners and such that are cheaper to obtain directly from Russia.
Your not caring whether it is legal or not doesn't make a whit of a difference. The Govt. of India will not willy nilly authorise reverse engineering or cloning because you don't care whether it's legal or not. India is not China. India and Russia have a different relationship and legal contracts do matter. There is not much to be gained by cloning it in contravention of legal contracts. On the contrary there is a lot to lose in terms of support for the fleet as well as future contracts and partnerships.