posted on Apr, 29 2011 @ 12:50 PM
reply to post by FredT
Ahh, I'm not sure.
The knowledgebase just doesn't seem to be there. If you look around, there are a shockingly large amount of contractor positions based in china for
aerostructures, systems, aerodynamics etc, and they are at ludicrously high rates - but they (COMAC) cannot get people to go.
Sure, they can (and will) send out work packages to western sub-contractors (like GKN, Parker or GE for instance), but if COMAC do not have the
knowledge to integrate it all, it'll become a massive mess very quickly. If you think JSF is FUBAR....
Even Airbus and Boeing seriously struggle to integrate their designs coming from disparate design teams, and they have serious engineering knowledge
oozing out of them (although in saying that I'm the first to moan and gripe about the recent and unwanted trend of the project managers running
things as opposed to the lead engineers). I just cannot see how COMAC can do this in the timescale and hit even ballpark performance targets (by
ballpark, I mean anything within a 10% deposit across the board, OEW/pax, range, cruise fuel burn etc relative to the competition).