SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Former chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) R K Tyagi, speaking at Make in India Awards 2017 said that recent deal between Tata Advanced Systems and Lockheed Martin to manufacture F-16 fighter jets in India if it wins a contract from Indian government then it should also have Transfer of Intellectual property rights not just Transfer of technology and Country should look for then what India received from Russia for India’s front line Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet.
Tyagi said that F-16 deal with Private Indian defence partner should be not limited to just Transfer of technology but also should involve mastering of technology along with Intellectual property rights which will allow modification or enchantment of technology without OEM Permission in future.
Today we have full Transfer of technology for Sukhoi-30MKI from Russia but we still require Russian permission to carry out small modification or improvement, Citing an example, Tyagi said Al-31FP turbofan engines which power Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet is built in India by HAL at the Koraput facility under a deep technology transfer from Russia but India cannot make them anywhere else in any other facility which shows total grip of OEMs which comes even if there is full Transfer of technology .
Since aircraft are in service for 35-40 years, India needs to step up Transfer of Intellectual property rights over full Transfer of technology to be independent of OEMs said Tyagi. As per latest media report, Russia still makes it mandatory to procure several components from its companies in Russia if when their replacement parts can be made in India which is making it difficult for India to further indigenous Sukhoi-30MKI.