abhik wrote:"40% indigenous content" sounds pathetic, it needs to be at least 80% (both IP and manufacturing) - else it will be just another screwdriverigiri project.
No, % of indigenous is far less meaningful than ownership of IP.
HAL can make 70% of the SU-30 MKI. But once the last plane of the contract rolls off the line, it is over. We cannot build the Flanker anymore unless we pay through the nose for another contract. THAT is screwdrivergiri.
The DDM moaned about the Dhruv being only 10% indigenous during its early days. BUT we own the intellectual property. We make as many as we want and derive as many variants as we want. It is ours because we own the design. Local content can always be raised later.
The FICV will be ours just like the Dhruv. It will be our design. NOT screwdrivergiri no matter what the percentage of indigenous parts.