Hi Gaur, sorry, didnt mean to call you out on that.
Nothing wrong with your statement per se, in fact, it is probably correct, except that I would rely more on the official assessment of the army, than hearsay.
It annoys me to see random aspersions being cast on the entire army, and its general staff by people who dont know much, have read a few books by Tom Clancy, read an article or two by an Indian "security" analyst, and think they know it all.
These types who have their pet indigenous project (after reading about it at BR, and watching a few promo videos on youtube), are particularly to be watched out for, for the quality of their diatribes against the Army General staff.
While Im all for having indigenous capabilities, and I support DRDO 100%, I support the army 100% too. And one has to understand that DRDO has constantly overpromised, and underdelivered, and furthermore, refused to cooperate with the end user in terms of incorporating their needs. This is a problem that needs to be addressed, because in the end, the customer is always king, and if your product isnt up to world standards, it will lose out.
But most of all, it annoys me that misinformed newbies like this fellow, are permitted to flourish and give flight to their oafish views under the new regime at BR. Let us dissect this latest round of BS:
Bheem wrote:Has the Army chief ever demanded publicaly that Pvt Sector be allowed to manufacture DRDO designs? Why do brass is always seen pushing deals like subs, fighters, cannons which are outright imports. Let us first the chief use his financial powers (which are adequate to sanction a budget for rifle design) to help design a new assault rifle or carbine or pistol or even a lollipop
It is not the army chiefs job to do DRDOs PR. He has his own job to do.
If there was
an indigenous sub, or fighter, or "Cannon" (ha), the "Brass" would be all for it. But there isnt. And this is not for lack of money invested.
Oh, and in the mean time, there is the trivial matter of a nation to defend. The work of (a) submarines, (b) fighters and (c) "cannons", cannot be done (respectively), by (a) A scuba diver with a harpoon, (b) A hawai sepoy tied to a hang-glider with an Igla, (c) A sepoy with a catapult and a 155mm shell.
So until we have an indigenous alternative, you will hear the "brass" asking for imports of the tools which their subordinates need to manufacture our national defense.
And now, perhaps "Bheem" should stop attempting to make strategic policy until he gets out of Class IX, and we will all get some respite from his half baked posturings.
Oh, and the army chief's discretionary financial powers are not meant for "sanctioning developement" of firearms. There are rules of business in govt which are meant to be stuck to.