ldev wrote:Russia wants to build a modernized AN-124 heavy lift military freighter with all Russian parts including engines. The traditional AN-124 used D-18T
turbofans made by Motor-Zich, the Ukrainian engine maker which is in financial trouble. India should buy it and then buy the modernized AN-124 from Russia and equip it with a modernized version/newer development of the engine. This will also mitigate the lack of heavy lift capacity because of the C-17 shutdown and expose India to this turbofan technology.
Ilyushin to design modernised An-124 with Russian components
because of our strong ties with russia, we have cold vibes with the ukrainians and have not encouraged them to sell arms/tech in the Indian market because of russian objections.
It would take a lot to persuade them to accommodate us.
What guarantees would we have that those really critical employees needed to run the company technically would not leave the company once the sale is made and leave us holding a useless foreign PSU.
maybe a big arms deal with them may help to ease their reluctance, if any, in dealing with us.
Its time that we diversified away from russia as well as the US/france and maybe this is our golden chance, if we could pull it off.
The ukrainians have naval tech as well that we could really use.
re the C-17, the US actually needs more of them so in combination with the US orders and other orders from some foreign operators, the C-17 makers manage to scare up sufficient numbers of orders, they just may be willing to open up the line once again.