Learning from its mistake on the present supply chain of the LCA-Tejas Program which uses traditional approach of carrying out Sub-Assembles, Major Sub Assemblies, and System Integration all done by Lead Integrator. ADA has envisaged plans to use Modular Design construction for development and production of AMCA Programme.
According to ADA officials, AMCA will not follow LCA approach and instead will use many Public and Private sector companies to develop AMCA aircrafts.
Major Modules of AMCA will be divided into 9 modules which will be subcontracted to different companies so has to build each module independently, work of each company selected will be overseen by one agency and will need to meet laid down quality design process, testing, and delivery assurance as agreed upon.
9 modules identified by ADA are 1) Radome,2) front fuselage, 3) Center fuselage, 4 ) Rear Fuselage,5) Horizontal Stabilizers, 6) Vertical Stabilizers, 7) Wings, 8) Main landing Gear, 9) Nose Landing Gear.
ADA plans to outsource Component manufacturing as well as Sub-Assembles, Major Sub Assemblies and only System Integration will be done by Public sector companies like HAL while Private sector companies like Tata and Reliance etc will be doing Sub-Assembles, Major Sub Assemblies while other companies will be involved in the manufacturing of Major Modules of AMCA.
This new radical approach will allow ADA to manufacture aircraft modules at faster rates which will allow earlier preproduction aircrafts to be assembled at shorter durations, ADA plans to identify agencies while the product is at design stage so that they are involved from initial stage of the AMCA program allowing them enough time to build their local expertise over the year before aircraft enters production in seven to eight years after its carries out its first flight .
ADA plans to use Modular construction approach for AMCA Programme | idrw.org
This is a very smart move.