Kindly go through the entire article. Which btw, does not even address DRDOs work in material sciences [PDF], or the separate projects of organizations such as BEL and ECIL
Went though the article. It is basically a long list of the failed DRDO projetc,
that you didnt even read what the article catalogues.
Five radar variants in service, including one of which 1176 have been ordered and delivered. An equal number of EW projects all completed, Multiple sonar designs, MBRS and you have the gall to speak of a "long list of failed projects" without even a basic understanding of the topic.
This is a last attempt to knock some sense, when you speak of "usable systems" :
All of India's warships use Indian made sonars- APSOH, now supplanted by HUMSA, HUMVAAD Variable depth sonar, now Nagan towed array sonar. Kilo class subs have the USHUS sonar and Panchendriya FCS. The Dhruv has the Mihir dunking sonar.
India's standard RWR is the Tarang- started with the 125 MiG21 Bisons , its MiG-27 upgrades (40) and Jaguars (40 upg + 37 new build) all rely on critical DRDO-HAL avionics as the heart of the avionics, its MKIs also use the same, including state of the art mission computers and display processors. The MiG-27s use Tusker jamming pods, and the MKIs the HADF ones. The IAF uses DRDO made elint systems on dedicated aircraft. The Navy's Tu-142's, Ka-25's and Do-228's all use DRDO ESM systems. The Navy's destroyers use the Ajanta ESM system. The new Naval ships use the Ellora ESM plus ECM system. The Army ordered and has received both Sujav ESM and Safari IED suprressive jammers for convoy protection in numbers.
The Indian Air Force has 30 Indra-1's, six Indra-2's, and seven state of the art planar array 3D Central Acquisition radars on order being delibvered by a consortium of DRDO, DPSU and private sector partners. The Army has more Indra-1's and 2's. The Army ordered and received 1176 BFSR-SRs from BEL of DRDO design. This is not even counting in the other projects which are underway.
Coming to communication equipment and C3I, the DRDO developed and supplied data extractors for the AREN, the standard Army combat radio for all its armoured vehicles- the freq hopping, encrypted CNR, the VLF facility for IN subs, as well as satcom equipment. All of which has been ordered in bulk. BEL states orders are for the 100's of crores. The IAF's air defence zones depend on DRDO software to link the ST-68U's with additional 2D radars for sensor fusion. The IN's latest ships such as the Beas, also use the BEL-DRDO EMCCA for mission control and ship command and control. The Army has ordered the Shakti Artillery command and control system from BEL, which is of DRDO design.
The Army has ordered 2 regiments of the Pinaka MBRS, to add to the one in service, and with more to be ordered for each coming five year plan. The Navy has already given clearance for bulk production of the AE Torpedo for fitment to its choppers as well as for light ship carriage.
Non glamourous bread and butter items for the Army, including stuff like MREs for Siachen and HAPO bags because of which this year Siachen had no deaths whatsoever.
The Navy's Aircraft carrier is being built using DMRL steel, ditto for several of its newer designs. Advanced alloys for most projects are now made within India, thanks to the DRDO and other associated orgs who do the research and development work.
And most importantly, DRDO has delivered on the ballistic missile front. 54 Prithvi-IIs were ordered by the AF this year itself. Agni-1 and 2 are in service.
even specify most of the above thanks to the archaic Official Secrets act, which the media uses to its full advantage. But this forum runs on information.
The above is merely the tip of an iceberg. Nor all DPSUs laggards- BEL has an substantial record of local R&D
. In contrast, the OFB has lagged far behind.
Specifications for most of these systems are available if you dig for them. They meet worldwide standards, and they were meant to, because they were cleared after competitive bidding by companies such as Thales and IAI.
obvious that a single DRDO cannot meet the staggering needs of the Indian services - even the org. itself states that, what talk of blaming them for a lack of 100% vertical integration! Blame the MOD then for not sanctioning that level of investment in domestic R&D.
For that matter DRDO has ALSO had significant delays in critical projects such as the Trishul project; BUT nor does it mean that they havent succeeded in other areas. In several fields, they have delivered in spades. And this despite the fact, that by worldwide standards, much of the funding allocated to them is peanuts and all their structural problems- bureaucracy, low pay, manpower attrition, etc.
What talk of full vertical integration within India then! You need funding commensurate with your ambitions.
A few subsystems and of course the INSAS
It has a rather "dubious" reputation. Not comparable to the best in the world.
BR does not run on your flawed perceptions. A senior officer and several folks who have fired the rifle have spoken well of it, and its good enough. I have spoken to a cross section of officers and soldiers from various regiments, and their opinions were likewise.
Hardly any arms is exported from India, Appart from some Insas weapons sold to Nepal (whom got them for a discount and are unhapy with them).
More apples to oranges ..sigh...whats the point in even making you understand. One, India's official policy- all these years, bar the past couple- was NOT to export arms, bar small arms, and that too with strict end user confirmation, so where is the question of exports? Second, coming to Nepal- even the Indian Army states that their claims on the INSAS are ludicrous and politically motivated, and conducted an extensive live fire test to prove the point
. Third, most of India's critical homegrown systems are NOT available for export, these include Naval EW systems, sonars, and high end radars- all of which were developed specifically for the Indian services, who dont want their technical and operating specifications made public.
So basically a lot of talk and little results.
We are not referring to your post here.
High time the PSU's were restructured and a new approach taken. The GOI should send a study group to the US defence department to understand how they engage the private sector within the arms industy. Also worth noting is that the private sector is much better at using the R&D within civilian use. To a great degree US inc can thank the defence related R&D to their sucess.
Oh another chai-biscoot delegation eh?
The DRDO and its organizations have the private sector deeply integrated in their projects- something which is well known to most who post on the forum, and from the immense amount of data available on the topic.
**I fully understand you will not grasp any of the above. You will return with the same old hackneyed stuff about PSU restructuring, bad products, this and that. Which is exactly why I stated it is your *belief* and it matters little whether you change it or not. However, it is also essential that the record be laid straight despite your erroneous belief, and the above post is entirely in that light, for I dont think that you will even admit that you were mistaken**