nam wrote:It is not economically viable to built all aerospace production machines in India. Who will buy them other than HAL?
The Chini are able to produce them given every tom dick and harry OEM gave orders to Chini companies for producing parts of these machines. Not to mention aircraft OEM setting up up shops in China for the sake to getting a pie of the Chinese airline market.
We as usual want to make sure the DPSU employees are not given a reason to strike. National interest is secondary.
If there are consistent contracts for indigenous aircraft then we can expand to say Tata, Adani or Mahindra as well as HAL. Or even if no private sector aerospace company arise, a growing and expanding HAL would provide increasing orders for companies. Nothing is done overnight. It takes time. The idea is consistent investment in the manufacturing ecosystem so that companies can plan and compete for contracts that they know will be coming.
Cheen makes many tools inhouse because they are forced by Western embargo (but they still get around that through the helping hands of Germans, Israelis, Japanese and Koreans.) In general they have to make due with indigenous equivalents even inferior ones. But this gives their local industry the resources to grow and get better.
We have access to Western equipment so as opposed to
Cheen we need to make a conscious effort to go local even when the initial quality can't match the Westerners. No Indian firm can instantly match products made by Western firms with decades of headstart. I've followed chini engines and I can tell you they are now on the edge of a breakthrough because they insisted on buying and installing the horrible first marks of the WS-10 on J-11s instead of just importing or doing screwdrivergiri of AL-31s.
As for Airbus and Boeing setting up shop in Cheen. Now who else has a billion plus population and one of the top three aviation markets in the world? With the US-Chini trade war, Boeing will soon lose one of the top three markets in Cheen. India will have massive leverage to make Boeing create a production eco-system in India just as they have in Cheen.