Flight International is running a story, claiming that the IAF has become disenchanted by the lack of progress at DRDO - and is considering scrapping the proposed ERJ-145 based AEW system in favor of additional Phalcon aircraft:http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/20 ... rning.html
An interesting possiblity . . .
It is possible that this report is pure psy-ops baloney for the following reasons:
First look at how the report has been preesented:
"The DRDO has not made any significant breakthrough in the development of the radars or other equipment for a surveillance system. Even if they do, there isn't enough time to conduct the technical and flights tests," says one industry source.
"One industry source".. hmmm
Second, the report sets the seed of doubt ion people's minds - but that is the work of psy ops.
India would never publicly admit to being behind because that would mean that a supplier could then armtwist and raise prices or put pressure. OTOH a supplier of such stuff has everything to gain by releasing such "one industry source" news
I am dead certain that we will see news items released by Indian entities that are strangely in conflict with this. Something is in the air (pun unintended) but it might not be exactly what is being reported. There is some smoke and mirrors stuff going on here.
Over that past many years keen followers of BRF would time and time again have seen reports - particularly from Russian sources, saying one thing, followed by a denial or clarification from another source. The latest was about MTA a few weeks ago.
There is a lot of psy-ops and lifafa in military and defence reporting - so we have to corroborate and reconcile a whole lot of sources over many weeks to get some idea of what s going on exactly.
In fact BRF (and other enthusiast fora) seem to improve the hit rating of some sites and raise their psy ops efficacy. That is who we get a lot of media type people posting links such as the new thread we saw "Yourdefencenews dot com" or something. We are inadvertently in the psy-ops game.