- Aug 15, 2021
We should just buy out Rolls Royce and make it Indian company, who will the British sanction then?But French option is license production like Al-31. They already have a core ready. Doesn't seem like they are sharing IPR or the entire process with us. They will simply do to us what the Russians did to us with FGFA.
RR seems to be promising more, but are also less reliable than the French. Less reliable not only because of CAATSA or sanctions, but also because they might promise more to get the contract initially and then FGFA us like the Russians. Not to mention the potential for delays in more in the RR option because its core is not developed yet.
I don't see any good options. Best option would be to go with the French for now to ensure a powerful engine can begin manufacture in India within the timeframe, but to continue to spend an equal amount on home-grown engine technology as well. Because going with the French option seems like we'll be FGFA'd: they'll do all the R&D and we'll just get an engine in return, no experience in engine design and development. That'll bite us in the @$$ when we start building our own adaptive cycle engine for our 6th Gen, unless GTRE is given continuous funding to keep developing our engine technology further independent of the Joint-Venture.