Since I won't be attending AI as a business visitor, I am hoping BRF members attending exhibition halls can ask the following questions. Please feel free to leave out any questions which may seem irrelevant or trivial.
1. Apart from ADA & NAL, are there any private SME involved in design of components/sub-assemblies for AMCA? If yes, try to get some names please. (please be cautious on how the 2nd part of the question is framed...no unnecessary paranoia needs to set in the mind of the official). Note: One can always say that he/she is an aerospace professional who is passionate about getting involved with product development activities, especially indigenous ones and is always on the lookout for possible avenues or opportunities. The above implies that if names of companies are given, I will check out their website or try to find a contact and check for suitable opportunities. Just a suggestion
2. Any major changes in air frame design from LCA to AMCA i.e. is usage of composites gonna go up from LCA to AMCA. If yes, is composites usage gonna expand to primary structures as well i.e. major components of Wings (spars, stringers, ribs etc.) and fuselage (frames, longerons etc). Edit: LCA already has a full CFC wing structure...but the fuselage is metallic. So, the question should be, what percentage of fuselage of AMCA is planned to be Composites.
3. Also materials sourcing. I think currently for LCA, the raw materials are being sourced from Italy. Any efforts to indigenize the above?
4. Improvement in Manf: We are supposed to get auto layup of pre-preg plies machines from Rafale (?) and possibly even more from singled engine contract. What indigenous efforts are being undertaken in collab with Private industry to achieve the above? Or will ADA-HAL wait for manf offsets from Rafale & single engined contracts to sink in and utilize that experience.
I am almost dozing as I type this. I will try to post more tomorrow when I am more awake.
Others please help to expand the above...lets try to make it a living document for the next couple of days at least.