sudeepj wrote:For Brahmos and for ALH, the orders were fairly seamless, I think the orders were kept flowing.
In this case, the need for large numbers of Guns is well known. They could invite bids from the two companies and award the contract to the L1, but what will the companies that havent even built carbines earlier base their bids on? They will simply assume the worst case scenario and offer a bid covers all uncertainties. The 20 guns to each will allow both competitors to establish production lines and offer a competitive bid. Winner will take most, loser will get a consolation prize.
No, BF atleast has a good handle on arty and are quite committed. TATA SED has been known to support projects even at a loss so they have also demosntrated commitment many times. Competence of both is unquestionable. They are world beaters - BF owns half the global forging market. So I have no worries on their count. They will do a great job. If budgets allow and the process allows a larger order might be quite useful. Hopefully it will come soon after the 1st order. Remember order is not placed yet, DRDO has to navigate the case through the process. It will take some time.