Keep speculating! Some Armenian blood somewhere,desi of course..
I try and be objective.if desi products make the grade,get them and fast.But very often quality suffers,the services b*tch,DPSUs ignore them,faulty ammo bursts barrels...you know the sad story.Firang deals.Abysmal negotiating by the MOD (services have no say),simply laughable in some cases (Scorpene,etc.).After sales service,spars delivery,cost,etc. unknown words in the MOD's lexicon.This lends suspicion about firang lobbies within the MOD who have been preying like parasites for aeons.Endless delays in negotiating deals (rafale) sends the prices again skyrocketing ...after selection
,so the initial "lowest price" factor becomes immaterial later on!
There is no pro-Ru bias,the facts are simple.Whether we like it or not (and I certainly wasn't responsible!),around 70% of our milware comes from Russia. Until around 2000,we couldn't get the best of the west,which was also v.expensive when compared with Sov/Ru goods.Ru/Sov weaponry was designed and built based upon their WW2 experience,mass production for large numbers in the inventory,easy to maintain,rugged,but less sophisti cated than western wares,which during the Cold War,were generally superior. In rocketry though,the Russians forged ahead esp. in the strategy of countering the USN through LR supersonic missiles with N-warheads. Adm.Gorshkov brilliantly meshed the two,warships and subs with advanced missiles,giving the RuN huge strike/anti-ship capability.We certainly benefited from this during the attacks on Karachi in '71,with our improved tactics.
Adm. Gorshkov told a rel. of mine,praising the IN,"you Indians have taught us a new lesson.." towing the FACMs to Karachi.Today only Russia is providing us with its most advanced tech for N-subs,BMos missiles,other missiles,MKIs and stealth FGFAs (hopefully-by the way China formally commissioned its J-20 stealth fighter yesterday),T-90s,etc.
In armour,the T-34 was one of the winners in WW2. That "T" model has been zealously followed.The T-90 "tincan" as some love to call it,is a v.formidable MBT,lightweight,small 3 man crew,allowing for more armour and firepower since the tank is smaller,lower profile,etc.,etc.,low cost compared with western MBTs and is mass produced.UralVagonZavad have a fantastic reputation for tank production and at speed.Apart from the Armata family of AVs,their new "Terminator-2 Fire Support Combat vehicle" is another sure winner.I'm sure we can develop a lighter version of the same as well as a light tank on the SPRUT lines with added ERA armour. Both vehicles around just 20T easily air portable. The "T" series of MBTs have allowed the IA to possess a formidable strength in MBTs and when all upgrade and tank production programmes in the pipeline are completed,we will have a clear superiority over the Pakis in armour. However,integral SP air defence for ground forces needs to be quickly upgraded. Both AA guns and SAMs are reqd. I think the MANPADS tender is in the evaluation stage (?) .
Despite whatever tech we've developed for the Arjun series,we need t look beyond the classic MBT concept upon which Arjun has been based ,that of 4-man crewed western MBTs,esp. the German leopard tank which prototypes of it resembled. The Armata has brought in the automated turret with the crew in a heavily armoured protected "capsule" in the hull.The Russians talk of a future robotic tank too.In the future,tx. to automation and robotics,seen already in the use of drones for air strikes,sending in unmanned weapon systems will increase,since there are no crew to be killed or captured,making armed forces even more aggressive. Our need is for some out-of-box thinking and to develop a family of AVs as much as poss. ,at least a new FMBT and support AVs based upon the same/similar chassis and components. This will make support,spares and ease of repairs on the battlefield much more effective if components for diff. AVs are the same.The auto industry adopts the same system,esp, the Volkswagen group ,where VW,Audi,Skoda all share the parts bin for their diff. models.