Hope MOD dont become MOAD =Mother Of All Delays. BP require preventive efforts/ cure before it kill Indian fighting heart .
They already have become MOAD or rather mad.
There is very little coordination when it comes to weapons procurement or development. As a result there is often absolute confusion between the three wings - production (DPSUs), research & development (DRDO) and the user (services).
The MOD does little to alleviate finger pointing at production & R&D by the user by reforming production (the biggest bottleneck) by involving the private sector en masse or by involving the user as a program manager by setting up a joint development agency across the services, with representation by all three components above).
Either the MOD are shockingly incompetent (despite being staffed by the great IAS) and have deliberately made the system at odds with its purpose, or are very canny.
After all, if the process is smoothly managed & every aspect is covered, where is the scope for emergency purchases at inflated rates or single vendor procurement? How will assorted arms vendors make their coin.
Either ways, whether it be incompetence or deliberate acts of omission by a few vested interests, the situation is not tenable.
India is losing.
Lets take a few examples beyond this APFSDS story.
A decent functional design like the INSAS is now to be ditched for an all new "modern" design from some imported small arms provider. And why was the INSAS panned initially - OFB production & QA issues. The new gun will be made by the OFB as well. So what exactly is the point of just ditching a local design without reforming production?
Our shipyards are amongst the least productive when compared to worldwide peers. What measures have been taken (beyond capital expenditure) to bring them on par? All stalled due to labor dadagiri.
The Tejas program. Per AM Rajkumar's book, a HAL chairperson did not support the LCA project and was to blame for delays. It has also been reported that HAL was more supportive of the IJT (its "own baby") versus the LCA. Even if these issues were subsequently resolved, what about the months, years of delays caused by these acts? What about the IAF Chief being advised by his so called "advisors" not to support the LCA & Rajkumar telling him "sir, this is being developed for the IAF not the PAF"? When the Kaveri was clearly not going to be ready in time, why was ADA not given permission to drop the engine without the Kaveri program not being jeopardized in turn (use it for future requirements).
What exactly was the MOD doing while such issues festered between R&D, production & user, each acting to his/her whims/fancies. The MOD has absolutely failed when it comes to coordinating or leading national programs.
All the MOD seems to be doing today is acting as the source of funds and ensuring the primacy of the civil services types over the services plus making sure electoral groups are appeased (DPSU workers unions are not offended by privatization). Otherwise MOD is a total failure when it comes to seeing that programs of national importance occur as planned by putting adequate structures in place, ensuring coordination, ensuring speedy procurement or meeting national requirements.