- Mar 24, 2009
Out of above only MTU Aero Engines is important as they control metallurgy and manufacturing process for compressor, the only area where we are lacking.>>1 Which company is more capable technology-wise?
While Safran owns whole of M-88, RR is only part contributor to EJ200-
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.. so if I have to risk a guess I'd say Safran is better placed.
>>2 Up to what level will each company be prepared to transfer its technology?
RR wins on this count purely based on their repeated public proclamations- of full IP transfer.
>>3 What will co-development of an engine cost with each company?
That's what the feasibility studies are all about I'm guessing- to get a time & cost estimate.
>>4 Which company is more likely to actually transfer the technology promised?
Hard to tell since there is no precedent.
>>About the Rafale offset, does Safran look like it is transferring technology in the spirit of the contract? If yes, that is reassuring. If not, that is worrying for a future contract for a new fast jet engine.
The carrot for Safran/French is a substantial follow on order for Rafales- & with offsets to fulfil they are better placed to offer a cheaper deal (net payout to Safran is cost-offset). The stick is no or curtailed follow-on order. Not sure what leverage we have with the Brits/RR.