fanne wrote:We have a engine of higher performance (and slightly lower tech) - ALF31. We are producing 1000 of it through TOT and have serviced it. We can buy a more comprehensive license (and higher performance -higher tech stuff from SU-57) for this to eventually replace them in SU30MKI (higher power will be needed for AESA equipped birds). Mother Russia may be willing as this can potentially stop F404/414 family of engine. MKI the engine completely - Use that for MWF, Naval LCA (maybe VSTOL using the TVC - invest in 90% movement of nozzle) and same can work on the MCA. Yes tech wise it will be below F414 but from there, improve that over every 100 engine.
The size of the engines is very different. The AL31 cannot be used in the proposed MWF sized bird. Besides I doubt we are producing the blades for the AL31 either. Becuase if we are, then we have the technology to manufacture high performance turbine blades, that can withstand very high temperatures. Most likely the blades will be coming directly from Russia along with a whole lot of other engine parts. We simply assemble the engine together and have know how for overhaul.
The only offset that we should have asked for, as part of the Rafael purchase, should have been a joint development and manufacture of 100-110KN engine, that matches the dimensions of GE-F414 engine. We could have formed a joint venture company with Safran holding 33%, along with GTRE and a private company holding matching percentage. All investement and plant and machinery, would be from Indian companies. Safran only brings their knowhow to the table. This knowhow would be worth the 30% offset clause, plus we give Safran the 33% stake.
Given that we will probably need close to a 1,000 engines, it would be a good option for Safran as well. The mandate would be to have a working engine ready within 4 years at the most.
With a locally produced engine all problems would have been solved. Heck, we could even use the engine to replace the RD-33 engines on the Mig-29K. Would give it higher thrust engine, with lower fuel consumption and higher reliability (assuming we get same relaibility as GE or Safran engines).
We could use the tech and knowhow gained to even upgrade the existing AL-31 engines of Su-30's maybe.