nam wrote:You have a fair point, however I think OFB deserves the bad press here. They held nation's defense under siege, for all they are bothered about is overtime pay. Service men have lost their lives because of OFB's negligence.
Forget Dhanush, they have been building IFG for donkey's years. Yet they did not bother to create a bare bones 155 MM version of the gun. For all the TFTA, the Chinese primary gun in Tibet is a bare bones 155MM!
Now their back side is on fire due to fear of loosing contracts, they seem to taking initiatives. The fact that they have charging double to four time the market rate for product sold to forces, I am sure they could get some consultant to design a sensible prototype.
Am sorry but how exactly you think you can objectively analyze any system base on technicalities with such prejudice..? Without objectivity things quickly move to being only rhetoric. Make no mistake in understanding that OFB, DPSUs are mere pawns in the game. They have been kept deliberately under the thumbs. They are subjected to exact kind of environment and treatment from almighty babudom that the Forces are given. They need freedom from babudom and reforms not be written off. They hold capabilities which are key for national defense in short term. To be fair to OFB, they have been trying to make Dhanush for quite a while, since 2000 or so, IIRC the initiative has started in bits and pieces. But the real boost was only when IA took proactive interest.
nam wrote:Given our requirement in mountains, I would very curious to know how well the truck can travel through the gradients with 7-9 ton on it's back, without flipping over.
Now that's a valid comment, without rhetoric.
On a side note, until about an year ago, I thought OFBs have literally no chance of reforms and best way forward is to sell them. But looking at their proactivity in recent time, especially in Artillery and small arms side, I feel may be there is still hope with right kind of impetus from the top. After all the whole damn scene at the top has changed largely due to one man as of now. Who knows, with sustained Dharmic rule at the top for long enough time may give wings to even OFBs, given some danda and free hand from top.