Austin's post bears out Sandeep's zeroing in on "Babudom" as India's greatest enemy.Though in the Logisticsagreement,US "sensors" on Indian soil,monitored by US sats is v.questionable.Maj.Gen. Suman in a def. mag recently about DRDO progress
,esp. in the arty area,squarely lists out the failings in the huge org. why we've previously not bee able to design,develop and produce our own weaponry. Lack of accountability,no proper fiscal management-costs simply allowed to escalate without control,well-knowing that the money would be found,etc. The DRDO preferring to licence-build,reverse engineer,cut corners,instead of genuine creativity and invention .Lack of focus,and assurance of impossible goals ,tall tales/deadlines ,which are never kept abound. Almost all the major indigenous projects like Tejas,Arjun,etc.,have thus suffered. Nevertheless,the DRDO has now been broken into sev. clusters,projects cut by half,and slowly improvements are taking place. He says that "satisfaction of the services" is the best result.One recommendation he made was to acquire tech that we are incapable of from abroad,thus leapfrog obsolete tech and invest heavily in our own R&D.
Some of the best results we've had have been in the JV arena,like BMos,Barak-8 ,etc. When we are offered JVs for the very latest cutting edge milware from reliable sanction-free entities,we should act swiftly,and if affordable,seize the day. Mr.Modi is to visit israel shortly and we hope further Indo-Israeli def. cooperation.Here is one Israeli product that has tasted success just last week.Israel has a huge tech stockpile esp. in missile defence.The services need a range of new SAM defences to replace obsolete systems.AS a reliable supplier to India over decades,one is sure that we will benefit enormously from increased mil-cooperation with it.http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Confl ... ets-484461
ANALYSIS: ISRAELI MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS NOW PROTECT FIGHTER JETS
BYYAAKOV KATZ MARCH 17, 2017 09:14
The Arrow missile system has lead Israel to its latest defense revolution.
IDF test-launches Arrow 3 ballistic missile interceptor
When the Arrow missile system was delivered to the Israel Air Force in 2000, Israel became the first country in the world with the ability to protect itself against ballistic missile threats. It was nine years after the first Gulf War when 39 Scud missiles fired from Iraq had paralyzed Israel and the Jewish state now had a way to defend itself.
The Arrow was the first system of its kind – designed to intercept enemy ballistic missiles on their way to Israel outside the atmosphere and way before they even crossed into Israeli airspace. The concept was revolutionary – Israel is a small country without territory or strategic depth. There is no room for mistakes and missiles need to be intercepted as far way as possible.
Arrow defense system intercepts Syrian missile fired at IAF fighter jet
If the reports are right from Friday morning’s predawn IAF raid in Syria, the Arrow missile has undergone another revolution – it can now be used to protect Israeli aircraft operating behind enemy lines from hostile surface-to-air missiles (SAMs).
That is the big news from the early morning strike against what is likely another weapons shipment or arms stockpile on its way from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon. There have been reports of strikes before and this is also not the first time Syria fired SAMs at Israeli aircraft.
This time, though, the Arrow was used to protect the IAF jets. The Arrow – originally designed to intercept ballistic missiles – can apparently now be used against shorter-range SAMs. The world received a rare view of the way the IAF operates in complicated places like Syria where there are Syrian missiles as well as Russian missiles.