- Jan 10, 2016
If sanctions are applied, the engines already installed don't disappear in a puff of smoke. The supply of spare parts & perishables has already been localized by HAL for GE LM2500 turbines.So Chinese have an alternative in case Western supplies dries up or sanctions are piled.
That was my original argument .
In the event of sanctions, the only thing we can't do is to order further numbers of these engines.
Secondly, if at all we want to build independence we can't do that by being dependent on unreliable suppliers like Ukraine & Russia. We have to do what China did and buy out IPRs instead of giving contract on top of contract to a company that doesn't give a sh!t about your timelines or needs, and keeps getting rewarded with further contracts for their disservice.
One can only imagine what these companies will do when & if India is under sanctions and they realize they are your only option? They'll sell you Tata Nano for the price of a Rolls Royce (one can say Russians are doing that 24x7x365 to us even today).
I agree that we need to be independent, but I disagree that not contributing enough funds for projects like Kaveri or making any attempt to buy out IPRs from vulnerable, money-starved Eastern European companies & simultaneously allowing ourselves to be ripped off consistently by the Russians & Ukrainians, we are somehow contributing to our independence.
It sounds like a joke. One would cut your water supply if & when sanctions happen, but the other would bleed you dry constantly, sanctions or no sanctions.