- Mar 24, 2009
Their is no evidence of what you are claiming. Any engine technology we get from west will be beholden to American sanctions.The only reason why Cabinet Committee on Security haven't yet cleared AMCA is because the non-american engine is not fixed. The GE F414 for first 2 squadrons is just a stop gap measure to continue with platform development and prototype testing. IAF will not go forward with AMCA with large orders as long as it doesn't have a non-american turbofan(why US's trusted UK's RR engine co development was dead fish on arrival). The same will be the fate of Tejas. 83 + 40 = 123 Tejas fighters already have GE engines. IAF will not let it go above 200 aircraft fleets.
The result of limited induction of AMCA Mk. 1 is simply the cost and lot of new unproven technologies. Testing will take a lot of time, coupled with IAF's lack of experience to work with 5th gen aircraft. Everything will have to be developed from ground up.
Even during Tejas we had a chance of non-American engine yet we decided to go with American due to their reliability, economy and performance.
Even Rafale itself is depend on American sub-assembles. Threat of US sanctions have not stopped us from going with Israeli, US or European systems.
The reason that AMCA Mk. 1 is inducted in limited amount due to US sanctions is not true.
The reason that AMCA Mk. 1 is inducted in limited amount is because ADA,HAL, IAF and our defense establishment want to get their feet wet (have extensive trial) before inducting in large number.
Once AMCA is air-worthy, IAF will have to develop new tactics and strategy, new SOP will have to be formulated not just for the aircraft but complete spectrum (AD in conjugation with IA, IAF, IN; FAC, etc). All this takes time.
While this is being done Mk2 improvements will continue and once everyone has confidence on the platform AMCA Mk. 2 will be inducted in large numbers.