shiv wrote:If we are going to nitpick - the Indian army has 3500 tanks and the IAF about 700 combat aircraft.
248 (Arjuns)/3500 is 7%
40(LCAs)/700 is 5.7%
Here is a statement you madeBeing correct in one instance does not give the RIGHT to be grossly incorrect in some other.
point A, LCA is not ready YET, IAF has already gone ahead and placed a 40 order with promises of more if everything goes alright. or consider the LCH project, which the IAF partially funded from the very beginning of the project. in fact, it was due to IAF's insistence that the political go ahead was expedited. what is the amount of money that the army has invested in the country's MBT project, which is arguably its most important project ? clearly, the army has no stake in the success of this project, it has no sense of ownership towards it, so to speak. is it any wonder that it has been consistently pushed towards failure by a long line of senior officers who couldn't look beyond their petty egos ?
we have had senior officers like DGMF's unblinkingly uttering falsehoods to justify why the IA would not consider the arjun, what more proof of this almost institutional bias do we want ?
point B, the arjun was more or less ready by 2000 itself, the army DID NOT accept the tank on its own but was forced by the govt. since they couldn't do anything about that, the induction trials were drawn on and on to prevent even that small number from inducted. we have been hearing about comparative trials from 2007, that too was stalled for 3 years because the people at helm knew pretty well how their favourite piece of junk was going to fare in a face-off. even as late as last year we had senior army officers commenting how they were not going to accept any more arjuns over the 124 already forced upon them since it was 'obsolete'. they would rather induct a futuristic FMBT, meanwhile they would continue to induct a 70's design tank, suitably made-up and call it our tank for the 21st century. now however, the MOD vision document about the army's wishlist for a futuristic tank shows it is much closer to the arjun than the t-series. yet it was the arjun that was rejected as 'obsolete'.
I'm not quite sure why you think these two situations(LCA and arjun) are similar, it seems to me there is a huge difference how the respective services have approached the programs.
if the IA does induct more arjuns in the future, it would signal a change in the DGMF's thinking. that does not invalidate the conclusion that the arjun project has been stalled for no real reason for about ten years now and the army has gone ahead and wasted public money to buy a tank that is
a) not good enough to protect its soldiers
b) not what it wanted in the first place either.