Our procurement processes are becoming a joke now a days ... one of the worst case of project management by our babus
VinayG, unfortunately even by this metric we fall much behind the leaders US, UK etc. Trust me they are quite spectacular.
Prioritizing up-gradation of Mirages over Basic Trainer is a strict no no for me. Mirages still can deliver nuclear bombs to the target areas. It is not as if they are unable to do it right now.
SagarAg, Mirages can probably do decently at penetration strike today, but the next 15 years? They need to be upgraded.
In an ideal world we would have both trainers and strike aircraft. This is evidently not an ideal world. Two files come to a babu (uniformed babu, safari suit babu, nehru topi babu doesn't matter) for approval. If you don't sign one you lose dozen young boys an year. If you don't sign the other the credibility of the most reliable leg of the nuclear dyad gets called into question. Guess which gets signed and approved pronto?
Dassault knew this, thats why "suli par chada kar paise liye" and we paid.
we need to provide our pilots with the best of the best in the world.
Why? Something adequate to meet the modest needs is more than enough.
Really its getting out of hand and over the head.
The real failure is why we don't have ADA designed and HAL manufactured trainers in large numbers already. Who failed? Air Marshals who should have set the ball rolling and provided the impetus in time? Politicians who should have set the policy and allocated funds? Scientists at ADA who should have designed a viable craft within our technological means? Engineers at HAL who should have executed those designs? Civil Service Babus who guided the whole process end to end?
It's a Basic Trainer ffs!
I think the MRCA is pretty much dead.
That would mean MinFin having a veto power over MinDef in policy matters.
umm, he does. Happens the world over all the time. Power shifts from one to another all the time. In times of security crises DefMin typically get to call the shots (within reason) and in other times (like the current economic clime) the FinMin is the bossman.
Apart from the propriety of one ministry questioning another can you imagine one cabinet minister allowing another to question his policy?
Yes, it's called discussion, argument, consensus. DefMin can't do anything of import without finMin and the external affairs boys giving the OK. It's the other way around too.