Chetak-> we can argue till cows come home, but depending for Foreign Miltary equipment like Arab Horses for the Vijanagar Empire proved to be its undoing, Foreign equipment does nothing for your economy and Knowledge base as well provides leverage to foreigners. Besides who decides what the customer wants, the CRPF man who is using a defective Bareeta or Arms Agents, Politicians and MOD babus?
And 20 days into a Kargil type situation Jawans fighting at the front should then be told to wait for foreign ammunition and spare parts of guns to arrive awaiting Khan type clearence and above all pay 10X the price.
Why not a comparitive trial between INSAS, COLT M-4, Barettas, NE jungles urban combat zones? Like Arjun Vs T-90.
Not to say OFB should be privatised and Overhauled along with allowing Indian Manufacture by private Entriprises.
News in the form of paid news by Arms agents advertisements is hardly useful.
import, buy, steal, rob, rape, pillage, copy, reverse engineer, don't worry about IPR, do what the chinese did/do but ultimately by hook or by crook produce something worthwhile. Train your people, don't train your people, hire foreign experts, kidnap them, black mail them, marry them or whatever, whatever ....... where are the products?
Let everyone see the worthwhile product. Don't divert issues by saying government policy does not favor the producer. If your product is that good, then the customers will find you.
Do not expect your customers who are already in a very high risk business to support you while you dick around in a public sector fashion producing foolish products which BTW no one asked for in the first place.
The very same money spent on the TAR would have produced a better result if sincerely invested in a project that was used to design anything using scientific methods. Half baked methods produce half based products. With the first cursory look at the TAR you can clearly seen the faulty design process. We have so many army exercises with so many nations using so many weapons. I have yet to hear of any OFB geek asking for feedback and using that as the part of customer requirements that get fed into the design process.
multi caliber guns, saras pusher aeroplane of the NAL fame, the kaveri engine which has finally found place in the engine room of a warship, a purpose for which it was never meant is just dicking around.
Why pusher design for the saras?? who asked for it?? what is the USP that made NAL choose it when there are very few such designs in the world?? coincidence or plain pigheadedness ??
or is it about how many PhD's got done at NAL while the pusher design was being touted as the greatest thing since sliced bread?
What about the three IAF guys who crashed and burned? Any heads that have rolled at NAL for this??
There is absolutely no effort to ask exactly what the customer wants. Are scientists / engineers too geeky to talk with ordinary cannon fodder??