George J wrote:Rahul, I am well aware of WHEN it was signed my post was in response to the absolutely ill-researched flippant post made above me. The sanctions were LIFTED in 2001...so obviously it had to be signed AFTER that.
I stand corrected, if proper progress was being made. I made the post in a moment of frustration.
But in my defence IIRC, a RFP was issued in early 90's that was so stringent on the performance that only one vendor responded and nobody met the standard after trials. A later RFP was not properly pursued with Ukraine and the French system was rejected because of cost. A total of 9 years would go by, between Pakistan fielding a similar system and Kargil war.
What I am complaining about is *not* the fact that everybody was "sleeping". But just that they were "busy" doing this and that, but not procuring a WLR. Kind of the same scenario as our artillery procurement. Trials are being held, tenders floated, RFPs sent, negotiations done. In short, a lot of "work" is being done, but where are the guns ? This is what I meant by "sitting on their musharrafs".
The standing committee on defence by GOI had this to say about the WLR (a few pages after what you had posted), I feel that far from being flippant, one might be excused to think that WLR procurement did not go through fast.
The Committee is seriously concerned by the degree of seeming casualness shown by the Defence Ministry in this regard. The statement made by the Defence representative that we could not buy it because it was denied to us and that the cost was very high is unsatisfactory to say the least. The Committee find that though the technical delegation which sent to France to evaluate the Cobra WLR system has not made a formal report, a decision was taken in the Ministry of Defence that the PNC should resume negotiation with the Ukrainians for acquisition of WLRs. The Committee want to be apprised of the reasons for taking such decision to continue the negotiations. The Committee desire that the Government should take immediate steps to equip the Army with this Radar.
From what I have "heard" (take it with a bucket of salt), the FMS of light arty causes me more anxiety than happiness. Apparently, the deal will (eventually) be around ~1.5-2B and it is being fast tracked because of "acute and urgent need which is projected in the near future". These are slated to be used in the mountains, so draw your conclusions.
For towed and tracked guns, no such "acute and urgent need" is being felt. Being a larger contract with TOT, offsets and local manufacture for spares and ammo, it is expected to go through the normal route.