Sagar G wrote:
Not quite correct. In India, there is ABSOLUTELY NO prohibition on anyone doing R&D.
If you are talking about the pvt. sector then maybe you are right but in case of government sectors I guarantee you sir my info is pretty pukka especially if we talk about OFs. They are not allowed to do R&D out and out but modifying is kosher. OFs are heavily bureaucratized and they aren't allowed to do much more than what they are supposed to do. One thing more saar when vina garu was criticizing IAF for not supporting LCA properly then an ex IAF guy who is also a BRF member had answered him and during that he had said that IAF wanted to do R&D on aircraft's but HAL had stonewalled it. So saar governments organizations are not that independent as you think they are but yes some exceptions are there, but OFs are not on that list.
On the contrary, private firms were explicitely prohibited under law to do defence R&D or manufacture. It is only recently that certain areas have been opened up for them. However no such statutory or legal prohibitions exist for any government entities for either R&D or manufacture. For example, BHEL manufactures naval guns when its original mandate was to build power generation equipment.
Regards to IAF vs DRDO on aircraft R&D, it is similar to whether IAF or IA should operate attack helicopters. There was no law, and IAF had entered into an arrangement with IA. IA opted out of that arrangement. IAF raised a hue & cry but could do nothing legally. Similarly, for IAF to get into aircraft R&D, it could have fought that battle more aggressively politically, like it did for operating attack HCs
Similarly, OFB & DRDO have a mutually convenient arrangement that OFB will not try to eat DRDO's lunch ie., budgetary allocation from MoD. In GoI universe, budgetary allocation is that unit's reflection of power. More allocation more power. And it shows how powerful their management are.
Political correctness is a key character trait for any PSU management, and rather then get into doing something positive like R&D, they would very meekly stay out. Of course, the same mice turn into tigers when going on strike for overtime.
Sagar G wrote:
Didn't one of the IITs also played a huge role in developing the sonar ??? I am pretty sure IN must have done it's time in MoD to get the required approvals, you can better tell us about that.
The full story is there in Adm Hiranandani's book, from Transition to Eminence.
Sagar G wrote:
Searching for info about CRN-91 tells me that it is modification of a Russian licensed manufactured gun (correct me if I am wrong here) so I don't think sir we can say that OF developed the gun on it's own. Again sir I guess you have better access to such info so please tell us more about it.
Its a system & not just the gun. The stabilization, marinizing & integration with EOFCS was far more important than just the gun.