Viv S wrote:Its basically logistics and 'lets not rock the boat'. The army brass while as patriotic as they come, are rather set in their ways. They have certain preconceived notions and its takes an effort to change that view. But, the fact to take away is that news is getting around and the Arjun is here to stay. I remember speaking to one officer(now a brigadier) who informed me in the course of our discussion, that the T-90 can even fire a missile through its barrel now. He's was ofcourse a bit surprised to learn of the LAHAT. Heck... Col. Ajai Shukla aka Broadsword is the most prominent example of how the army is coming around to our 'jingo' POV. Give it time. For now another two regiments are more or less certain, I fervently hope the DRDO doesn't do a ... well 'DRDO' on the Arjun MkII.
Part of it is "once bitten, twice shy" atleast with the DRDO and specifically with the Arjun. My impression is that the armed forces in general have a rather poor opinion of the Arjun. While I don't know about the Arjun I do know (from panwallah sources) that ASTE evaluations/recommendation on aircraft/helicopter are classified. I see no reason this wouldn't be equally true for the Arjun. Since I don't know enough to make a judgement I'm quite happy leaving it to the people who actually have to use the equipment. The other thing I'd like to note is that the officers I spoke to were as enthusiastic as anyone else about Indeginization. It's just that there is a reluctance to put their lives on the line for it.
Certainly there is corruption in weapons deals. The armed forces has its share of the greedy, venal and even the purely opportunistic. Prosecute them. The armed forces atleast have a record of doing so faster than any other org in the country. At the end of the day I don't believe that men should be sent to war with what they believe is inferior equipment.