Katare wrote:HAL is sitting on $4billion cash reserves but it didn't have guts or forsight to develop a basic trainer on its own without IAF sanctions and GoI funding. Honeywell went ahead and created a complete solution for IAF Jaguar engine deal, several years before IAF even started looking for a new engine. What a bunch of morons we have at HAL/MoD/IAF......
I hope that you are aware that in a Govt Company using money for non-approved projects can lead to civil, criminal, service penalties & prosecutions for the management
You are right ... we all know there is a huge circus which angers me even more.
My biggest peeve is that DRDO is (only allowed to be) reactive. I think we have got the information flow completely ulta. MOD babus are not supposed to tell DRDO what to build. DRDO being a research wing should (or have the leverage to) be proactive and do research, do a feasibility study and go to MOD/IAF/Navy/Army saying "the world is here, tell us where need to be, for getting there these are the means, this is what we can develop in house, get the rest from outside". On
contrary, presently, IAF finds what it wants in the plane, Navy studies design of ships, Army tells what it wants in Arjun and only then DRDO reacts!
I remember CAS PV Naik had somewhere exasperated to Dr. Saraswat(?) "You should tell me what I should be getting, rather than me telling you!" ... I know a lot of you will jump on
me saying that our forces won't accept it, but I am with PV Naik on
this. Case in point is a successful entity in ISRO. ISRO tells the government what we as a nation should do in their field!
When it comes to the trainers, I feel DRDO/HAL
/ADA slept over a sure-shot and critical requirement. I hate to say this, and may be it is my young blood, but I feel there is huge lethargy in these PSUs. I know building a military trainer
is not that easy, but then ... A basic trainer
... I was told there was a problem of fuel cutoff ... a professional entity like HAL
building what not is telling this for one decade!!!
An AJT ... look at what all we could have done, continue with the Ajeet trainer
, downgraded the Jaguars .. .and I am not even considering the new developments like CAT, scaled down Tejas and the likes!
I think it will be choti mooh badi baat but "Whose father's, what goes" attitude has to go.