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by Vidur
26 Oct 2017 11:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 45
Views: 3043

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

Vidur sir, Any idea what does the Mr.Cowshish mean by augmenting financial resources in the last para of the article?? It means increasing the budget. I saw an unfortunate comment by a moderator on another thread so I have decided to not participate in discussions for some time. But I do believe I ...
by Vidur
26 Oct 2017 11:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1512
Views: 192360

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

This illustrates an important point - the security paradigm is tighter in the services than in DRDO. There have been many instances where there has been leak of sensitive information from the DRDO some which have been reported in the press and others that haven't. This has been brought up and discu...
by Vidur
26 Oct 2017 10:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 45
Views: 3043

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

Re above posts - The main issues are : 1. Dysfunctional structure - the players with the highest domain expertise and stake have the responsibility but no authority - services, the players with the lowest domain expertise and moderate stake constitutionally have both the responsibility and authority...
by Vidur
26 Oct 2017 10:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1512
Views: 192360

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Niravji, Let's me tell you an incident that occurred with me in AI'17. I was talking to one of the Engg officers of the Flying Daggers for a small research I am working on and asked him to clarify what was the max fuel that the Tejas would carry from an operational perspective and if a MAR is facto...
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 15:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1512
Views: 192360

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Am going to take a break for a few days. Happy Diwali to all of you.
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 15:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1512
Views: 192360

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

And iterate back and forth. Oh, we are very good at iterations. Its called a file noting. There are 11 steps in procurement and 10 drops of ink at any stage by event a Under secretary can set back a nationally critical project by years if not decades. Even the honble judicary helps. They were kind ...
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 15:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 45
Views: 3043

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

Sirji, probably I did not word it properly. The extra money will go in a non-lapse fund, which GOI will use for next year's budget. If MoD puts back 50 billion in year one into this fund, then the same will used in the next year budget of 100billion. After year 2, 49 billion will be put back in the...
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 15:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1512
Views: 192360

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

I am sorry but this just reiterates to the average citizen how dysfunctional our system really is Vidur ji (not blaming the messenger, but merely noting the below): . It is a dysfunctional system and frankly its a miracle when something positive happens. OT - I had very little knowledge of defcne f...
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 15:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1512
Views: 192360

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

uly 31, 2017 The 13th five-year defence plan (2017-22) envisages an allocation of Rs 26,83,924 crore for the armed forces.1 This includes Rs 13,95,271 crore under the revenue segment and the remainder for defraying the capital expenditure. Given the secrecy surrounding the plans, it is unlikely that...
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 14:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1512
Views: 192360

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

For instance, has anyone in the MOD or the DM sought an IAF explanation on the detailed specifications achieved by the LCA & how they compare vis a vis to the existing fleet. Next, why can't the MOD seek out independent, unbiased contractors under non-disclosure norms from private industry or a...
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 14:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 45
Views: 3043

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

- an increase in defence budget to atleast 3.5% of GDP with a statutory allocation to defence which cannot lapse and cannot be returned to MOF 3.5 is double of current budget and given the state of MOD which gave back roughly 1 billion last year, they will start giving back 50 billion. GoI will use...
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 14:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1512
Views: 192360

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

As I have said (in vain) before DAC approval has been given. IAF role is only to bring AON request to DAC after which the procurement process takes over. Most of you are barking up the wrong tree. It is rather frustrating to have an informed discussion when people have such strong preconceptions and...
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 13:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 45
Views: 3043

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

4. The colonial institutions of the IAS/IPS were used to run the country with almost no substantive reform and as time passed, naturally a system designed for exploitation changed from exploitation for the colonial master to exploitation for the system - Indian politicians and bureaucrats.That is w...
by Vidur
05 Oct 2017 21:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 45
Views: 3043

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

I had given this link before and strongly recommend reading this. http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/13th-five-year-defence-plan-2017-22_acowshish_310717 Shauryaji , To ensure that quality of the discussion is maintained I would suggest readers please read the links posted before including the DPP from...
by Vidur
05 Oct 2017 21:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 45
Views: 3043

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

Vidur, There must be a permanent bureaucracy somewhere deep in Delhi. Cant rely on transient IAS officers. What about the second rung officers in MoD are they permanently attached to the Ministry? How does MHA do it? thanks for taking the time to pen you thoughts. IAS and IPS officers are allotted ...
by Vidur
05 Oct 2017 20:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 2946
Views: 245024

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

T Sarkar, I found your insights very useful and agree with you. I also think the article does not say that forces should be reduced, it is merely advancing a way of creating more reserves which can be employed as needed to better effect. Interaction with domain experts like you is one reason I came ...
by Vidur
04 Oct 2017 22:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 45
Views: 3043

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

Posting this post as it has some relevent points I think. I am sharing some thoughts as promised. These are my personal thoughts and certainly not an official view. Please take them as such. There maybe some spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Please excuse those. It was written in a few snatc...
by Vidur
04 Oct 2017 22:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1512
Views: 192360

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Reposting a part of this post. C. Current Challenges 1. There is little expertise or interest in defence matters at the policy level. Defence is a long term project and politcial horizons are much shorter term but even if the government of the day wants to formulate a vision he ministry simply does ...
by Vidur
04 Oct 2017 22:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1512
Views: 192360

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

There is CNC stage - contract negotiation. HAL needs to agree to price and is well known to demand their pound of flesh. They have clout as well can certainly push as well. Beyond that I wont be able to comment.
by Vidur
04 Oct 2017 22:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1512
Views: 192360

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Total processes are 11 (not inlcuding post contract management). Do read the 2 articles by Amit Cowsish that I linked. Especially the second one.
by Vidur
04 Oct 2017 22:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3203
Views: 432196

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I wrote about the defence 5 year plan process in another thread...aerospace or something of the sort. It can be a useful reference. Do read it and correlate it to the DPP and Amit Cowsish's articles that I linked.
by Vidur
04 Oct 2017 22:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3203
Views: 432196

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I don't believe there is any integrated plan - the current ownership and ownership history of different shipyards are not equivalent. For example HSY was a failing private sector yard which was bought by the government. While the logic given was the nuclear submarine project the rumor mill said that...
by Vidur
04 Oct 2017 21:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread
Replies: 173
Views: 17105

Re: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread

I still feel that first reform has to be in the IOFS, IDS and IDSA.
by Vidur
04 Oct 2017 21:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread
Replies: 173
Views: 17105

Re: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread

Vidur asked: Are you saying that the factories can be leased out to pvt sector, or components can be sourced from them and integrated at OFB factory, or that a the entire shell (for example) is contracted to pvt sector ? Could you explain your suggestion in more detail please. --- My suggestion is ...
by Vidur
04 Oct 2017 18:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3203
Views: 432196

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

chola wrote:
deejay wrote:
Can you stop hyperventilating on everything? Please!



Okay. We have insurance on the Chakra? How much would a titanium front fender cost? Hope they don’t make us buy them a new Akula.


:rotfl:
by Vidur
04 Oct 2017 13:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4541
Views: 391366

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Back from a weeklong trip to Kerala (drove through TN to get there and back). Took the BLR-MDU-Aryankavu Pass-Punalur-Kollam route, and stayed and travelled and lived in literally no name Podunk places in Kerala. A couple of observations. 1. Every city /town, in TN (starting from Hosur, Dharmapuri,...
by Vidur
04 Oct 2017 12:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1512
Views: 192360

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

I thought that LSP2 was undergoing ground integration with Uttam radar for Mk2 preparation, while Mk1A is supposed to use Elta's 2052 radar. On the other hand IAF/MoD say wonderful things in public, but have not formally sanctioned it yet. That is the ground reality. Incorrect. Sanctioning authorit...
by Vidur
04 Oct 2017 12:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1512
Views: 192360

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Deejay ji, you are correct and please feel free to ask any questions. I would be happy to answer without commenting on specifics of current acquisitions.
by Vidur
04 Oct 2017 12:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1512
Views: 192360

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Thank you for correcting me on that one. You are right. I think they were planning to modify an LSP for Mk1A too to reduce the time. Let me find out :wink: My only peeve with HAL is that it went ahead with its own money for LCH and HTT-40 prototypes and LSP production for LCH, but they are waiting ...
by Vidur
01 Oct 2017 22:24
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2054
Views: 176881

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

You cant really says Japan would not have supported infra of Railways and the funding take or leave was just for bullet trains we did not ask for Railway infra. There is no harm in bullet train but it is only atm the priorities are wrong , The incident that happened in Mumbai could have taken place...
by Vidur
01 Oct 2017 19:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3203
Views: 432196

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

The appointment of Ad. Joshi as LG of the A&N islands is a very welcome step.He fell on his sword as chief,taking the responsibility for multiple accidents involving IN ships and subs.These were in the main due to an utter neglect of the IN (and services in general) by the former Def. MIn.AKA ,...
by Vidur
01 Oct 2017 15:36
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7668
Views: 512168

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

i dont understand how is it the role of the CEA to tackle the NPA problem...his role is to advice the government on broader economic issues. Poring over balance sheets of banks was for the then RBI governor's job...even if it was his job, how do we know he hadn't flagged these issues to FM then?..m...
by Vidur
01 Oct 2017 15:31
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7668
Views: 512168

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

^^ I did not say checking the NPA problem was not CEA's job. I said checking the health of Bank's balance sheets was the RBI governors role. The banks had hidden all the NPAs whitewashed neatly within their reports to RBI all these years. We do not have anything out in public about what was discuss...
by Vidur
01 Oct 2017 15:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 819
Views: 140450

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

chetak wrote:whatsapp forward


Thank you for posting this. This is real professionalism.
by Vidur
01 Oct 2017 14:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread
Replies: 173
Views: 17105

Re: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread

Vidur, How about Govt owned, contractor operated model? For example the 155mm cluster from shell casing to explosive filling be contracted. The employees can either work for the contractor or be transferred or retrenched. Or the uniforms factory can also be gradually closed. Are you saying that the...
by Vidur
01 Oct 2017 14:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread
Replies: 173
Views: 17105

Re: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread

Ramana sir, the problem is two fold I think. One is organizational one part of which Vidur has brought out. Another part is the fact that IAS is top of apex at OFB. Chairman is always IAS. Like in all DPSU the mod babus and mantris get lots of perks from OFB. Vidur has mentioned only the allied ser...
by Vidur
30 Sep 2017 11:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread
Replies: 173
Views: 17105

Re: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread

Some organizational reasons why OFB cannot be reformed. OFB is very hard to reform because they have a very organized cadre both at worker level and at officer level. I have mentioned the Indian Ordinance Factory Service also called IAS (OFB). They will simply go to courts if they are touched. The g...
by Vidur
30 Sep 2017 11:05
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4541
Views: 391366

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Modi may be the last hope for the Indian economy to achieve greatness. Recent weeks have witnessed an enormous amount of hand-wringing in the press about India’s economy. These articles share a common thematic trajectory: they start with a recitation of statistics that highlight a slowdown, lay it ...
by Vidur
24 Sep 2017 16:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Army strikes terror camps in PoK
Replies: 1860
Views: 167492

Re: Army strikes terror camps in PoK

Good article.

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