If the US still goes ahead and imposes sanctions then they will lose billions as India will stop importing US military hardware.
Turkey had orders for 100 F-35s and was producing parts of the wings for all F-35s... kicking them out of the programme probably cost the US 20 billion dollars, because not only did they not sell 100 F-35s, but they also have to scramble to find a company to make the wing parts Turkey used to make....
They still did it though.
The only foreign parts on board the Su 30MKI are those that cannot be exported by Russia.
The Su-30MKI was full of French and Israeli parts that were not banned from Russian export to India... India chose them on purpose.
Which is why Indian Su-30MKIs cost more than Russian Su-35s... even with the export markup.
Several parts have already been indigenized.
Making stuff yourself makes things more expensive, not less expensive.... and demanding local assembly also drives up the price too.
The indigenous material content of Tejas Mk.1A will be 50%, which will be enhanced to 60%
Which makes it horribly vulnerable to US sanctions.
The significance of this 83 Tejas Mk-1A order also lies in the fact that it will reinvigorate the supply chain for even the existing inducted Mk1s, since a whole range of MSMEs who can supply line replacement units will benefit.
Very true, though smaller and more regular orders are better for the finances...
The actual unit cost of the Tejas Mk-1A is US$ 42 million, if you strip away ancillary allocations related to infrastructure etc.
That would be quite reasonable... but the need to make it cheaper if it is going to be a numbers aircraft.
They should lower the requirement specs and cut off the stuff that does not benefit performance but adds cost.
China achieved that price of US$ 32 million for one JF-17 because they produced 150 units of that aircraft - economies of scale.
The Tejas is supposed to be a cheap numbers plane so that is what India should be aiming for too.
Tejas Aircraft Far Better Than China-Pak JF-17 Fighters, Says Air Force Chief
What else is the Indian Air Force Chief going to say?
While I give props to India for really trying, they are tens of billions wasted on a jet that isn't much better than a Jf-17 while costing a fortune. Could have gone the South African route where they purchased rights to manufacture Mirages but to their own standard (Cheetah), India would have about the same performance, less price and more localization.
They wanted to produce the Mirage 2000, but France refused and demanded they buy Rafales instead...
The MRCA programme was intended to get the French to drop their prices or perhaps allow them to have local production of the M2K but they wouldn't budge...
36 Rafales for 8.4 billion and 10 years wasted.
Their first jet program.
Like their tank programme they aimed too high... they became focused on it like it was a 5th gen light fighter... which it isn't... cobbling together parts from other countries is no great achievement in terms of personal progress...