18 February 2011
Given the history of Indian defence firms and HAL in particular one can understand the doubts held by this person.
If you look at the history of the 'Tejas' light fighter aircraft which to my knowledge is still not in series production it may give you some idea .
This aircraft was first proposed in the early 1980's as the LCA (light combat aircraft) and has dragged on since then.
The fact that it is now flying at all is due to the fact that the Indians had in the end to buy a US General Electrics engine for the aircraft.
One can understand that building an aircraft industry takes time and you need to build up your skills base,but I suspect that Indian bureaucracy has is a major problem in this respect. There is no doubt that India has the engineers and technicians capable of carrying out these projects but India learned from the British all about civil servants and red tape,and they even improved upon it.
Also when things go wrong they tend to blame everyone but themselves as in the BAE Hawk.
I think any country doing deals with India needs to know the culture and be very wary,else they could end up in a veritable quagmire.
michael - notts
18 February 2011
That`s good, let Indian`s build Eurofighter Typhoon with help of British and Germans.
Vik - Canada
19 February 2011
A UK engineering firm, some two years ago,with cost in mind, sent out to India, some of their components to be welded, after having been "tacked up" in this country, and duly despatched. After return to UK, and despite Indian Quality Control, all the welding was found to be porous, and had to be ground out and redone. I actually saw one of these components as it arrived. I don't think that a US pilot would be too happy flying a fast jet built to this standard.
Mike Hemingway - Wales uk