nachiket wrote:Look I'm all for criticizing the forces when it is warranted but it's getting too much in this thread. I and other posters have mentioned several times that more Netra orders are impossible because Embraer has been blacklisted. The IAF can do nothing about this beyond pleading to the MoD. From what we heard after Feb 26-27 last year, the IAF was quite satisfied with the performance of the Netra and would not object to a few more. They were even trying to convince the DRDO to hand over the third Netra which they were using for further development and testing.
How is your above comment not a reinforcement of what I have stated?
1. The Embraers were blacklisted because of a procurement policy that likes to cut the nose off to spite the face.
2. The IAF apparently only saw the value in the Netra after the Feb 26-27 incident and initiated the equivalent of "start to dig a well when you become thirsty". Even then, the current plan (as of what we know currently) is to import two additional Phalcons instead of additional Netras (because of point-1 above)...or resolving the platform decision for the AWACS-I project. No pressure (publicly) to get the Netra program back on track. How am I expected to interpret that as anything but apathy for a homegrown system? Shouldn't we be seeing some proactive initiatives to get things done (for homegrown systems)?
Pointing out the glaring errors of the GoI is fair game on the forum (which is valid and correct, BTW), but apparently extending the same approach to IAF policies touches a nerve?