Most people get carried away with emotions when anything related to Armed Forces is involved AND keep asking WRONG QUESTIONS !
And that’s because they are not aware of the fact that the “Fighting Armed Forces” have little say in procurement and are different from “Procurement Forces” commanded by “Procurement Tsars”. The Tsars include Politicians Babooz and the “Battle Scary Delhi Loving few senior officers who manage to get comfortable postings, mostly in the capital !
These “Procurement Tsars” launch vilification campaign against indigenous products whenever they happen to bring out RFI etc for IMPORTs !
So, please do make a genuine attempt to answer pertinent questions:
Thus, some of the right questions that need answers are
-Are we really lagging behind ?
-If yes, to what extent and in which areas ? AND WHY ?
-If we have been really so incapable, WHAT made us a Grand Success in the extremely difficult and restrictive field of “Strategic Ballistic Missiles” all by ourselves and against UNETHICAL Blockades and Breaches of ink signed trade contracts by the nations that claim to be champions of free trade and commitment in business dealings.
-If there are certain shortcomings leading to present situation in the field of Tactical Systems, WHO is/are responsible ? AND What are the solutions.
– Why does user take decades to decide what it wants,
-Why does user again and again lay down unrealistic specifications for Indigenous Products but readily, silently, malaciously dilutes specifications and lay it in accordance with IMPORTed Products in mind ? Why ! Why !
-Why does user keep delaying Testing and Evaluation process for decades, from Summer Trials to Winter Trials and again to next sets of Summers and Winters ! But accepts IMPORTed Products after a cursory glance ?
Besides these general questions, there are related to specific products raised in my articles too:
Arjun MBT: Why did Army wanted Indigenous Tank to be
-A 4 crew Tank with manual loading when a 3 crew unproven T90 ordered in hundreds and hundreds was acceptable ? Obviously, the 4th person too needed to be within Tank and needed space for his movements during loading of Ammunition, necessitating the Tank to be much larger in size and weight !
-providing for much higher level of protection, IF T90 with poor protection was acceptable ? After all armour cannot be made out of plastic FOAM !
– Possess much higher level of Stabilization ESSENTIAL for meeting the demand “Fire while on Move” Capability in Arjun WHEN T90 was acceptable without it .
A long list making Arjun far far superior except that the perks associated with IMPORTs would be obviously missing.
What has been stated above is available in Public Domain !
Finer details of areas and extent of Arjun’s Capabilities can be revealed if RESULTs of Comparative Trials (SwaDeshi Arjun vs Imported T90) which CONCLUSIVELY proved Arjun’s superiority over T90
It’s an open challenge. Identity a Battle Tank across the globe that meets all the PERFORMANCE PARAMETERs sought in Arjun, Incorporates commercially available technologies, is CHEAPER than Arjun and is significantly LIGHTER and SMALLER !
Thus, can anyone answer “Why no further orders for Superior Arjun WHILE T90s brought in … how many hundreds ?” Does anyone finds it disgusting !
I can go on and on for many other products which have had the same story as Arjun and Tejas ! INSAS, Carbine, Ammunition, Tactical Missiles including Prahar ………
But the real question is how to change the situation, how to cure IMPORTEOMENIA the “Obstructive Compulsive Desire” to IMPORT ?
SWADESHI and Self-Reliance certainly do not mean IMPORTING each and every nut and bolt !
It certainly means to have Complete Control over the product including the technologies involved, guarantee of uninterrupted supply of Subsystems and Components and Final integration leading to Product on our own soil under our Complete Control..
So what’s the solution ! Can IMPORTEOMANIA be Eradicated, Cured OR at least kept under REASONABLE CONTROL ? Of course Yes !
If the Government of India is really, TRUELY !?! serious for putting end to CORRUPTION and bring about Self-Reliance, IMPORTEOMANIA is not too difficult to cure and even be eradicated:
-Bring transparency and strictly avoid over classification of information.
-CHECK SELECTIVE LEAKAGES TO MEDIA
-Institute an empowered Defence Technology Commission that should be above DAC and have larger Participation / Representation than DAC. Should include Experts from relevant fields from within as well as outside Government … Military, Scientists, Industry, Academia …
-Keep tracks of earning and financial status of key Personnel involved
-Put cooling off period of at least FIVE years after retirement for taking up any job in any organization having any foreign interests.
-Further, anyone (From Military OR Baboodom OR any other service MUST SURRENDER all the retirement benefits including pension and status of ____ (retired) before taking up Job in any organization having any foreign interests (ie becoming SERVANT of such companies etc)
-I strongly feel that DEMONETISATION, GST and Digitisation will go a long way in this direction.
Wish to have Self-Reliance ! Then Leave Behind Chaltaa Hai, Kill IMPORTEOMENIA, Ban Unethical IMPORTs
How Many More Decades Before IAF Comes Out of Its Confusion, IMPORTEOMANIA and Short-sightedness. IAF’s Only Doctrine: Reject SWADESHI at Any Cost ! https://vishvaadhaarambhaaratah.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/848/
Demonetization and Defence Procurement
‘A conspiracy to sabotage MBT in play’ The Defence Ministry says a conspiracy could be in play to “sabotage” the main battle tank (MBT) Arjun project.
CAG blames Army for delay in Arjun tanks’ induction
Posted at: Dec 27, 2014, 2:31 AM. http://www.tribuneindia.com/mobi/news/nation/cag-blames-army-for-delay-in-arjun-tanks-induction/23084.html
Stop the vilification campaign against Tejas https://bharatkarnad.com/2017/11/13/stop-the-vilification-campaign-against-tejas/#comment-32388
Truth Behind Tejas https://vishvaadhaarambhaaratah.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/560/
Swadeshi Tejas: Misconceptions about Time Line https://vishvaadhaarambhaaratah.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/swadeshi-tejas-misconceptions-about-time-line/
Haan haan Desi – Naan naan Navy: Slap on the Face of Make in Bharat https://vishvaadhaarambhaaratah.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/is-navy-now-bitten-by-import-bug/
Blue Moon from DESI be IMPORTed ‘Dust’ https://vishvaadhaarambhaaratah.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/blue-moon-from-desi-vs-imported-presumed-moon-dust/
Naa Naa Desi, Craze for Videshi ! Recipe for Perpetual IMPORTs https://vishvaadhaarambhaaratah.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/naa-naa-desi-craze-for-videshi-recipe-for-perpetual-imports/
Secret of Bharat’s Over Dependence on IMPORTs Revealed by Top Industrialist https://vishvaadhaarambhaaratah.wordpress.com/2017/07/22/secret-of-bharats-over-dependence-on-imports-revealed-by-top-industrialist/
Dragon in Gun, A Disgusting Shame
Importeomania, Overstaffing and Trade Unionism – Roadblocks in way of Self Reliance.
Facilitating “Make” projects