Austin wrote:French being Arrogant and perhaps bit Foolish is Truth
From India's pov we need to Fix the Procurement process ,big deals like MMRCA or Heavy Guns , Submarine Procurement ( P-75I ) should not take more than 5 years at max and small and medium deals like Hawk Trainer types or MCMV ships , Small Arms should not take more than 1 for small deals to 3 years for deals of medium types
If such deals go beyond 5 years or 3 years then it should be cancelled by default.
Our never ending procurement process right now is too broken and we cant blame others unless we dont fix it ourself.
If there is no money in coffers there is no point in going ahead with RFI/RFP/Trails for time pass sake or to keep Generals Happy unless MOF is 100 % certain it can fund it in 3-5 years within which the Trials/Deal is suppose to get signed.
Austin, theres a famous line about a corrupt judge. It says, he would take money from all sides and make the decision on merit.
This is basically UPA decision making.
Tell the military to get ready for imports, have them conduct a dog and pony show & then strike a deal off the books with the winning participant.
Once the participant thinks politicians are in its bag and the customer (read IA, IAF etc) is desparate, it begins to hike the prices, start all sorts of games, delaying the process. Otherwise, its rivals plant stories.
Political greed for imports is a big factor. Defence Minister is more like Defence Purchase Minister in India.