Craig Alpert wrote:On for 27 yrs, LCA project gets Rs 8,000 crore more
BANGALORE: What Tejas wants, Tejas gets. The much-delayed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme will get an additional funding of Rs 8,000 crore.
ejas, India’s effort at building an indigenous trainer — in the making since 1983 — will obtain initial operational clearance by the year-end. The government had spent Rs 4,800 crore on the LCA programme till 2009-end.
There has been all-round scepticism of the project over its inordinate delay. Experts have questioned the wisdom of continuing it, and dubbed it a total failure. But defence minister AK Antony on Tuesday strongly defended the LCA programme. ‘‘Today I can assure you with confidence... I can declare at last LCA is going to be a reality,’’ he said.
Dismissing all criticism about the project taking close to three decades, he said that all agencies involved strongly believed in LCA. The Centre would back the development team’s demands.
Maintaining that LCA had to undergo rigorous trials before it became a complete fighting machine, Antony said the development of a new aircraft was not easy; the gestation period is very long. ‘‘Don’t expect miracles. Our expectation is to give a momentum for indigenization.’’ Admitting that Tejas still has a long way to go, he expressed confidence it will get final operational clearance by end of 2012. The Indian Air Force has already ordered 20 LCAs and expressed interest in ordering another 20 aircraft. Antony said the government is in talks with parties abroad for the development of an engine for Tejas.
if there was any proof required that the TOI articles are not worth being used even as TOIlet paper, this article will provide enough of it. The stereotypical ill-informed, stupid DDM mantra about "project started in 1983" bullshit repeated as is the "total failure" as per "experts". who will explain to these dullard journos that in 1983, it was the idea of an LCA that took root ! ADA didn't exist, HAL didn't want to take it up and there were no Air Staff Requirements, nothing, nada, zilch. There was no infrastructure, not one single person working on it, nothing. The Project Definition Phase (where you finally define what technologies the aircraft will have) itself didn't end till 1989..they do no real research before vomitting whatever they've got in their head and the result is shoddy journalism, which they couldn't care less about.
sigh..its useless. This ghatiya rag will have millions more readers than BRF and this disinformation will obviously lead to more Indians cursing DRDO, saying this project is a failure, yada yada and lamenting about tax rupees being wasted.
Notice how these liars claim that "expressed interest in ordering another 20 aircraft"- we know that the IAF has placed orders for 20 more. I mean when the RM says that they have, who else needs to confirm it ??!
Who will tell them that the technologies that have been mastered on this program will benefit Indian aerospace industry for decades to come ? That the money being spent is being spent within India only, not draining out to other countries.. ToI certainly wont because its journos are too dull to be able to wrap their miniature cesspool brains around anything related to technology. And since they're altoo faltoo journos, they won't have the slightest bit of real-world experience when it comes to large scale project development so no perspective either. This is what happens when newspapers don't employ people with a specific knowledge base and skill set for reporting on specific areas. Business Standard has Ajai Shukla, NDTV has Vishnu Som, Hindu has few good authors and journalists, even though Ravi Sharma can sometimes pass off as a TOI journo, but TOI itself has none. And this reflects in the piss-poor quality of journalism that emerges from this rag.
They are more concerned with filmi masala, politics and garbage that they collect from the rest of the world and fill their website with.