Kashi wrote:What technologies can we reasonably expect to gain from the TATA-LM agreement to shift F-16 production to India?
Maybe an efficient production process and the beginning of a real MIC that involves the private sector?
Obviously decades of screwdriver giri with mainly Russian planes in PSUs have left us with an aeronautic industrial base that struggles to manufacture even a locally designed plane, a plane that should be and probably is taking advantage of local manufacturing infra.
The fact that HAL and the PSUs cannot build the LCA in numbers is what caused this single-engined tender in the first place. For all their incompetence, the babus would not have issued it if the 126 LCAs ordered for the IAF were coming in reasonable batches.
Right now, 45 Squadron flies exactly TWO (2) LCAs after the IAF received its first serial production LCA in 2015 (the same year the IAF made its initial order of 100 Tejas MK1.)
All of HAL's manufacturing processes and equipment accumulated over decades of building MiGs and Sukhois have given us the delivery rate of one light indigenous fighter a year.
So fvck yeah, I want to see if Tata (and the private sector) and a American jv won't leave us with better capital manufacturing assets and processes.