IAF can fund it mostly by cancellation of $20 billion MRFA in favour of 40 additional tejas mk 1a and 80 additional tejas mk2 for just $10 billion. Rest by industry. Even Navy can bring some funding since this engine will also be used in TEDBF. Moreover, 6 billion is the requirement asked by Safran for full engine development but here I am talking about funding both teams till prototype and then funding only the winner for full engine development. Infact the Indian partners of losing team can then become junior partners of winning team in final development of engine thereby bringing some part of the investment done on their prototype as well knowledge gained on the final engine. This will make engine more indigenous and less prone to blackmails of foreign OEMs. Besides a great ecosystem may develop in country for jet engines.
The competition between both teams will make them strive harder for excellence. And competition due to two foreign OEMs will force them to transfer greater part of technology to Indian partners.
Engine Prototype ?? Prototype already exists - ge414, ej200, m88. 6 billion+ for ip & hot section. 2 billion+ for limited hot section.
IAF never fund a huge project when their sqn strength falling below paf.
there is no indian partners.
Its a dead project.
Only thing left is goi, goi can choose to fight or surrender - either pay or die.
FYI- goi stick with diplomacy - pass jv to next gov
GOI motto- why spend $$ on R&D if you can buy entire things with that $$ - old habit die hard & french only taking advantage of it.
Better go for f35 & finish kaveri with russian help, & use knowledge gained from it to develop further instead of spending 15 billion $$ in 5th gen engine. One more word - globalisation - a tool to kill future tech R&D outside US & its allies - means 5th gen engine R&D == 5 billion $ lose & 2x jv == 10 billion $ lose.
Right now there is no advantage of sharing engine tech to india, insisted french, us, uk just play with india & at the end goi forced to buy jets & engine from them.