Karan M wrote:
Are mentioning details "complicating the issue"?
Boss, use common sense. We have two SAM programs both of which are higher priority than Akash Mk2. One is getting Mk1 production units flowing to IA (which has started). Second, get LRSAM operational. Which is still in progress. Apart from that there is the pressing need for QRSAM as OSA-AKM/SA-8 units are virtually obsolete. Akash Mk-2 is not right now the first priority, LRSAM is.
Here the issue is that If this project is not your priority then why do you go to media, announce the testing timing, give detail about specification, tell the people that new missile shall have 12 KM additional range and powerful booster, shall use new Radar, high speed etc. etc.
Had this missile been developed by now, Our Air force and Army would have been using this missile with an extended range with higher kill probability at a little additional cost. It becomes more important in context that It has a huge order. Imagine a situation in which this multi-billion US Dollar order indigenous missile with additional 40% range and high kill probability would have added a lethality to our armed forces. We would have get it at a low cost and quick time. It is economics.
This additional lethality would have come at a very low cost and quick time had this project been completed as per the announcement.
Any way everybody has their opinion. Give the discussion a rest.