Multi billion dollar defence amount are allocated for modernizing Indian military. The ignored technical skills required by defence manufacturing are ElectroMechanical, Metallurgy and Material Science. This might needed in government / corporates / ecosystem / startuppers effort. So where we startuppers relate to this?
a) May be, Quality Assurance like testbed etc, is common in all Software and ElectroMechanical activities to create offshore / onsite channel. So as to start communication with manufacturers and cover some of the below defence points.
b) May be, NextBigWhat act as ecosystem creator for relevant skills which is profitable. But, offline events might be time intensive. This may be done with only focus on strategic project of national importance to contribute its bit.
Below are the points for patient readers. Kindly, pardon me for reciprocating and unilateral view : -
1) Weapon manufacturing defects : -
a) Article says : The BSF said on Saturday that its constable Nitin Subhash while returning fire along the de facto border suffered grievous injuries when an explosion inside the chamber of the long range weapon recoiled. BSF’s Inspector General (Kashmir range), Vikash Chandra, confirmed it saying, “Sepoy Nitin Subhash was injured due to recoil and was admitted to a medical facility where he succumbed late last (Friday) night.”
b) Needed : Better control on testing in short term and manufacturing in long term.
2) Requirement for defence technology : -
a) Article says : The defence ministry has written to several companies asking if they would be willing to set up an assembly line for single-engine fighter planes in India and the amount of technology transfer that would happen, another government source said.
b) Needed : TechSales person who can give Make in India customers, confidence of execution. In USA good 10+ years technology sales earn $500k per annum. But, also facebook in USA gives $500k per annum to fresher developer sometimes.
3) Hurdles in Make In India for fighter jets: -
a) Article says : The IAF originally planned for 126 Rafale twin-engine fighters from Dassault, but the two sides could not agree on the terms of local production with a state-run Indian firm and settled for 36 planes in a fly-away condition.
b) Needed : Rather than either-or results. Need technology negotiator who can drill in details to convince. Or, reverse engineer without legal hurdles. Or, real-time run-time technology transfer with a fees.
4) SWOT Analysis and indigenous approach : -
a) Article says : Adding to the military's problems is India's three-decade effort to build a single-engine fighter of its own which was meant to be the backbone of the Air Force. Only two of those Light Combat Aircraft, called Tejas, have been delivered to the IAF which has ordered 140 of them.
b) Needed : Team building to face defence challenges.
5) Possibility : -
a) Article says : "We are very experienced in transfer of technology - our way of working involves extensive cooperation with our partners to establish a complete ecosystem, not just an assembly line," said Jan Widerstrom, chairman and managing director, Saab India Technologies.
Lockheed Martin said it had responded to the defence ministry's letter with an offer to transfer the entire production of its F-16 fighter to India.
b) Needed : - Fasten the process to do the execution work and benefiting from the opportunity.
6) Concern : -
a) Article says : India has never previously attempted to build a modern aircraft production line, whether military or civilian. State-run Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has assembled Russian combat jets including the Su-30, but these are under licensed production.
b) Needed : All of the above.
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