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Manjunath Kiran/AFP Defence Minister A.K. Antony gets into the cockpit of an HAL Rudra helicopter while Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne looks on during Aero India 2013 at the Yelahanka Air Force station in Bangalore on February 6. HAL Rudra is an armed version of the Dhruv multirole/utility helicopter manufactured by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

India’s indigenous defence research and production capabilities have not kept pace with the country’s military requirements. By RAVI SHARMA


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The Indian "indigenous weapons production" effort has always been an embarrassing failure.The article should have mentioned past disasters like the HF 24 Marut ground attack fighter which was retired after limited service without ever finding a workable engine; or the INSAS >rifles, all of which the army is now junking in favour of foreign imports.

As for the Tejas, the very fact that the IAF decided on buying the
Rafale proves that it knows well enough that it will never come into
service in any real form.The same goes for the Arjun,which DRDO keeps
plugging as superior to the T90 while the actual end-user,the Army,
prefers the latter. One wonders what the actual fate of the indigenous
aircraft carrier will be - assuming it is ever completed.

It's time the DRDO was either abolished altogether or else
reconstructed on completely different model with scientists being
hired on contracts which will not be renewed if they fail to meet
stringent deadlines and deliver exactly as promised.
from:  Biswapriya Purkayastha
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 20:57 IST
1. We are only becoming increasingly dependent on foreign technology. Our "large" industrial base is of multinationals setting up manufacturing shops in India, on their terms. India does not benefit in terms of indigenous technological enhancements. What is learnt is within the patent regime. We do not have our designs. 2. The first requirement is to establish an indigenous world class manufacturing base in India capable of producing world class products;that includes honest work ethics, Awareness for quality, established manufacturing processes, a good research (design) and development set up providing a bouquet of cutting edge technologies, qualified and committed work force and so on. Unfortunately India has failed to develop any of these, post-Independence. 3. India also does not have an established Research and development set up outside the Defence establishment. There too unfortunately establishments like the DRDO are just a façade for money spent without giving anything worthwhile to Defence in the last six decades. I believe DRDO has an establishment somewhere research mosquito repellents!!!!! 4. Self-reliance in manufacturing will remain a pipe dream for India during the next five decades. We can be self-reliant in fifty years if we start working on it earnestly from tomorrow.
from:  Col KL Viswanathan
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 12:34 IST
I completely Disagree with this article. The armed forces must support their indigenous industries no matter what. The Army's or IAF's argument that they change requirements mid-way because "inordinate delays"; is a bogus one. Cases in point : The Army continues to operate vintage T-72s despite the Arjun having proven itself over 7 years ago (its even spending a few billion dollars on its upgrades!). The IAF too continues to fly 40 year old MiG-21s (fit for museums), while it nitpicks small issues in the 21st century fighter, the Tejas LCA. Even Pakistan's Air Force supported their indigenously Funded JF-17 to the hilt. By hook or crook, they got the Chinese to cobble together a fighter in a short time and lined it up along India's border. Contrast the PAF with the IAF. The latter is on a purchase spree of French,
from:  Abhiman
Posted on: Apr 20, 2013 at 14:20 IST
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