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Postby ramana » 15 Jul 2020 05:46

Tejas contract will be before December.
Already told so dont bring it time and again.

20 lakh crores economic revival package has been released.

MoD procurement is getting laser focus as many crap is showing up.

Example the 158K helmets that are good for nothing because of wrong requirement.

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Postby csaurabh » 15 Jul 2020 10:34

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blo ... e-decades/

Defence procurement : Nothing has changed in the last three decades

Nothing much seems to have changed in the last three decades in defence procurement. I reproduce below a post that I had written here five years ago ( February 21 , 2015, which is broadly a repetition of what I had written even during UPA Two. It shows we fiddled while China built its economy and war machine.

Stem the rot in defence procurement for Make-in-India to happen

Napoleon Bonaparte, military leader and former Emperor of France, said, “The army marches on its stomach.” It was metaphoric. Troops can win wars if they are well stocked with not just food but guns, ammunition, clothing and more. While our soldiers are one of the finest in the world, it is the lack of resources that has been their bane ever since the Chinese war that exposed them to their vulnerability against an army vastly superior in armament and logistics. Napoleon also said that it is not canons alone but lightening speed that helps armies win wars. It is key not only at the level of army commanders on the battlefield, but also as critical at the political leadership level that can be fatal for troops and compromise sovereignty of the country if the leadership dithers and prevaricates.

In the days of emperors, the army came directly under their command. And so, in matters of deciding on equipping their armies or building forts, their actions were as prompt as their thoughts. They knew intuitively that delay may cost them their kingdom. Our defence ministers, at worst, may have a change of portfolio. It was said of Chengiz Khan that he shortened a straight line to reach his objective. Now we all agree that we don’t want a dictator ruling us. The worst democracy is preferred to the best monarchy. So, here is a dilemma: How do we get democratically-elected leaders to act with speed and integrity?

It is nine months since Narendra Modi took over as the Prime Minister. Manohar Parikkar with good credentials, a former Chief Minister from an IIT background has assumed charge as Defence Minister just three months ago. He is yet get his feet wet and get a grip of his portfolio. And so, things have not still changed much on the ground. On the contrary almost the whole world of defence manufacturers are frustrated and confused. Modi’s vision ‘to make in India’, especially defence equipment is laudable. Phil Shaw head of Lockheed Martin India,the world’s biggest defence aerospace industry, speaking at the Airshow in Bangalore said, -” Lockheed has completed more than 40 billion dollars worth of programmes globally, without problems, but is struggling in India and is finding it a challenge.” Dealing with Indian defence is beset with horrendous bureaucratic delays and lack of clarity in policies. He was diplomatic and did not mention the cancer of corruption.

Take an example: the Indian Army put out a tender for advanced light helicopters 14 years ago. The tender itself was late by 25 years! The current fleet of Chetak helicopters is more than 50 years old in technology and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics under licence from French company Eurocopters now renamed Airbus Helicopters. Eurocopters have stopped production of this version decades ago. The defence ministry has yet to award the contract. Even a layman can grasp that if a contract is delayed beyond two or three years, then a host of issues like obsolescence, expiry of quotes, lack of continuity due to change of people dealing with the contract, change of government, etc, will crop up, rendering the whole exercise futile. And an award never gets finalised. Many tenders have been awarded after twenty years delay in selection, in the Airforce and Navy. In fact, people from Airbus, Boeing, Rolls-Royce and others will tell you that it just takes two to three years to get an award of a defence contract in countries like Brazil, Turkey or South Africa. Never more. Even those countries are not free of vested interests and the proverbial middlemen. Manohar Parikkar has admitted candidly at the Defence air show in Yelahanka Airforce Base Bangalore yesterday – “I agree that current procedures are very complex. .. There has to be a definite time frame ..” It was an understatement.

The ongoing Helicopter tender after extensive field trials , which reached final stages of bidding was scrapped in favour of the new FDI policy of 49 percent in Defence sector rolled out in a hurry by Arun Jaitley in the last budget, to give a push to ‘Make In India’, the new mantra. At 49 per cent equity no foreign defence manufacturer is showing interest to manufacture in India and part with its technology, without management control. The contract to supply the above 300 odd helicopters under offset policy was awarded three years ago to Airbus Helicopters. Allegations of corruption and misdemeanours derailed the award. And the Indian Army is back to square one, woefully strapped in its requirements to meet its operational needs.

Gen VK Singh, the former Army Chief and minister of state in the present government wrote a blunt letter to the then Defence Minister AK Antony,”The Indian Army is alarmingly ill-equipped.” Many chiefs earlier from all three services have echoed this, which has fallen on deaf years on successive governments. That the cause of inordinate delay has been due to vested interests: from ignorant or rapacious politicians to bureaucrats, and retired Generals to arms dealers, conniving to divide the spoils from the kickbacks of the deal is not in doubt. It is an open secret.

Competing bidders scuttle the deal when they discover they are unlikely to win it. An arms dealer is like any salesman. He doesn’t care which weapon you buy as long as he pockets his commission. But as the General said, it is a different matter if those responsible for awarding the contract compromise with the middlemen and recommend substandard equipment, then he has committed ‘high treason’.

A K Antony though incorruptible and was referred to as ‘Saint Antony’ was also generally perceived to be notoriously indecisive and lacking in dynamism. There’s credence to both perceptions. Now we have a new dispensation led by Modi who in complete contrast, is perceived as decisive, bold, hawkish and desires a militarily very strong India – which helps in rebooting the defense forces. But we are speaking of correcting the system rather than individual traits. Can we afford an honest leader who is indecisive or a corrupt one who decides in haste ?

We need urgently a well thought out and a clear defence procurement policy keeping in mind the strategic vision and interests of India and that is well informed and dictated by the needs of the three services, in the next three to six months, that can be reviewed once in three years.

Let us look at the anomalies. Defence procurement was not preferred from Indian private sector. Being a holy cow, procurement was only from moribund government ordnance factories or government public sectors like HAL which are in a time warp. But it is alright to buy from foreign private companies! Bofors, Jaguar, Boeing, Mirage, Dassault and Eurofighter, Rafael, Lockheed Martin are all private companies, with the result Indian private sector does not have the technology and depth of manufacturing combined with research capabilities to meet India’s immediate defence needs. Therefore the FDI policy needs to be quickly tweaked to equip our forces in a time bound manner and in the interim, a quick and thorough overhaul of the import and offset policy has to be undertaken till the Indian private sector becomes capable and globally competitive to attract investments.

The defence procurement budget and its needs must be decided by a committee of people with specialised knowledge from all three services including members from foreign service and intelligence like RAW, reputed defence analysts etc, so that all aspects are considered, especially strategic, in view of rapidly changing technology and geopolitical interests.

May be a separate directorate for procurement is created with stringent qualifications and minimum tenure so that we don’t have IAS officers, howsoever brilliant (and most are), who have spent all their life in Jharkhand or Uttar Pradesh or Kerala in departments of animal husbandry or social welfare , or commercial taxes, getting postings to defence ministry through networking, and influence and presiding over purchase of crucial high-technology weapon systems.

Policies must be put in place that ensures contracts are awarded within three years after all formalities including completion of field trials. And delays must be investigated and accountability established, both within the forces and the ministry, and guilty punished.

It is well known that while ‘something is rotten’ in the civilian set up of the defence ministry, all is not well within the three forces either. The arms dealers worm their way through retired Generals to senior officers who are in charge of technical evaluation and user trials, to get better rating for their own arms and fudge those of their competitors. And they use all means: gifts, Swiss accounts and honey traps. Corruption in defence procurement should be treated as treason and Indian Penal Code should be suitably amended.

We have no dearth of extremely capable, honest and eminent people who can be picked up, not only to formulate a defence procurement policy and enact a robust framework to plug loopholes but also knowledgeable men to fill the specialised posts for procurement on a revolving basis. May be a separate directorate for procurement is created with stringent qualifications and minimum tenures.

Systemic changes can be brought about if there’s a political will and urgency. Political leadership need not necessarily have expertise in weapons or fighter jets to be able to lead the forces in deciding what armament to acquire, but we can ill-afford lame-duck ministers who are indecisive and out of depth for the portfolio they hold who are easily manipulated by the bureaucracy or influenced by arms lobbies. In times of crisis, we need political leaders who can galvanise the defence forces and lead from the front. And the buck ultimately stops with the Prime Minister. He must clean up the Augean stables through his defence minister, who has a reputation for honesty and capability, and overhaul the system and strengthen the country’s defence forces. Time is running out.”

Now after the Chinese incursions in Ladakh and their continuing overbearing and bullying tactics along the LAC and their increasing hegemonic designs becoming clear and brazen by the day, we must remember the famous lines – “ The woods are lovely dark and deep but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep , before I sleep. ”

These were reported to be the hand written lines of Robert Frost , by Jawaharlal Nehru found on his writing desk the night before he died , a broken man , who felt betrayed by the Chinese when they invaded and overran our unprepared, ill equipped troops in 1962.

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Postby pankajs » 15 Jul 2020 17:08

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Postby basant » 16 Jul 2020 14:58

Like we track here the developments of LCA, wouldn't it be a good idea to do the same for desi products progress of desi products? Like dates for RFI/RFP, DCC approvals, CCS approval, etc? It would help us estimate typical progress towards atmanirbharta.

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Postby csaurabh » 16 Jul 2020 16:49

basant wrote:Like we track here the developments of LCA, wouldn't it be a good idea to do the same for desi products progress of desi products? Like dates for RFI/RFP, DCC approvals, CCS approval, etc? It would help us estimate typical progress towards atmanirbharta.


There is NO progress towards atma-nirbharta.
Import lobby has sabotaged everything.
One well reputed company I know was awarded a grant to develop an indigenous replacement for Carl Gustav Rocket launcher.
After a ton of red tape compliances they were awarded 10% of the promised grant for the first installment. Second installment is nowhere in sight. Project crawls at snails pace, Armed forces are clearly totally uninterested and just keeps up a charade.
This is not the exception, it is the norm.

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Postby Karan M » 16 Jul 2020 17:37

We are badly missing the presence of Parrikar sahab.

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Postby Gyan » 16 Jul 2020 21:22

csaurabh wrote:
basant wrote:Like we track here the developments of LCA, wouldn't it be a good idea to do the same for desi products progress of desi products? Like dates for RFI/RFP, DCC approvals, CCS approval, etc? It would help us estimate typical progress towards atmanirbharta.


There is NO progress towards atma-nirbharta.
Import lobby has sabotaged everything.
One well reputed company I know was awarded a grant to develop an indigenous replacement for Carl Gustav Rocket launcher.
After a ton of red tape compliances they were awarded 10% of the promised grant for the first installment. Second installment is nowhere in sight. Project crawls at snails pace, Armed forces are clearly totally uninterested and just keeps up a charade.
This is not the exception, it is the norm.


If you add up imports of Carl Gustaf & its ammo in last 20 years, its a massive amount.

Just like high altitude winter clothing imports.

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Postby ramana » 17 Jul 2020 02:40

There is pdf "History of DRDO" from 1958 to 1982: by Dr. Ramdas Shenoy.

He was tasked by Dr. Kalam to write the history and did a very good job.

He has an appendix that covers the later years too.

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Postby MeshaVishwas » 18 Jul 2020 02:49

A brief but comprehensive overview of DRDO designs:
https://aeroindia2019-drdo-ada.com/2018 ... e-product/

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Postby Manish_Sharma » 18 Jul 2020 05:10

csaurabh wrote:There is NO progress towards atma-nirbharta.
Import lobby has sabotaged everything.
One well reputed company I know was awarded a grant to develop an indigenous replacement for Carl Gustav Rocket launcher.
After a ton of red tape compliances they were awarded 10% of the promised grant for the first installment. Second installment is nowhere in sight. Project crawls at snails pace, Armed forces are clearly totally uninterested and just keeps up a charade.
This is not the exception, it is the norm.


Could you name the company & name of product so I can Tweet to pmo et al and make them aware.

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Postby jaysimha » 23 Jul 2020 17:29

DRDO NEWSLETTER
july 2020 | volume 40 | issue 07
brahmos-air launched Cruise Missile gets Fleet Release Clearance
https://www.drdo.gov.in/sites/default/files/whats_new_document/NL_July_2020.pdf

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Postby nachiket » 24 Jul 2020 02:10

Karan M wrote:We are badly missing the presence of Parrikar sahab.

The PM seems to be struggling with a lack of talent at his disposal. Unfortunately, as we know things are even worse in the opposition as far as talent is concerned. Parrikar sir was a pleasant exception. Our political system does not produce too many of his kind. The gigantic mess in procurement can only be solved by a strong DM who knows what he/she is doing and is willing to take difficult or unpopular decisions against the will of various entrenched lobbies and most of all is willing to burn the midnight oil in studying the technical aspects of the various systems being procured at a surface level at least. Otherwise it will be too easy to take them on a ride.

One of my dreams which I know will never come true is that Modiji wins in 2024 but gives up PM chair to someone else and takes control of MoD himself full time and runs a bulldozer over the whole rotten system and rebuilds it.

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Postby Srutayus » 24 Jul 2020 03:21

Do not underestimate Rajnath Singh. He is very good at the personnel and HR side of things just as he was with the Central Paramilitary/Police forces when he was HM.
We at BRF and other fora tend to be highly fixated on weapons development/procurement and the defence industry base, but there is more to it.

But certainly Shri Parrikar is sorely missed. Ideally Shri Rajnath Singh would have an MoS who can cover up for his seeming lack of expertise in Defence Technology/Industry Development and Capital Procurement.

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Postby A Sharma » 27 Jul 2020 06:50

Astra Microwave

Received First fully phased array Radar order from DRDO.
• Signed contract for Course Correction fuse, under TDF from DRDO.
• Successful in driving the RF AESA based Seekers towards an engagement model.
• Successful in bagging the proto array of a large project in the making.
• Received development order for Strategic Decoy.
• Akash-7Sq order for sub-systems from DPSUs started getting in.

• Worked on Good partnership models:
With BEL on an Airforce project
• Signed MoU with a Russian Giant for joint collaboration on Strategic Air Defence System Development

• Touched New Business Areas in the form of:
• Ka band Sub-systems for High Through put Satellites.
• NavIC partnership with a start-up that fetched business from a Govt Initiative for promoting NAVTC.

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Postby ramana » 27 Jul 2020 08:05

Very good news. Hope they make lots of CCF.

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Postby nam » 28 Jul 2020 01:58

Successful in driving the RF AESA based Seekers towards an engagement model


Nobody noticed this? This seems to the AESA seekers for upcoming Astra variants. Probably Brahmos version as well.

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Postby Manish_Sharma » 31 Jul 2020 06:03

Celebration time

TWITTER

@ukshahi

Good news from GOI ! MoD proposes banning imports of weapons/platforms that are and can be manufactured in India.
Finally a mandatory provision is being made for domestic capital procurement and a budget head has been created for ‘Make in India’ projects.

MoD will soon notify a list of weapons/platforms banned for import.
This will assure Indian Industry that a multi billion dollar domestic market is there for them in the defence sector and they will come into defence manufacturing and also invest heavily in defence R&D in India.

https://twitter.com/ukshahi/status/1288 ... 88228?s=19

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/india ... ssion=true

Defence Ministry proposes ban on weapons that can be 'Made in India': Report

Embracing the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the Defence Ministry has proposed to ban the import of weapons that can be manufactured in India. The suggestion was made in the amended draft Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) on July 28.

"The amended second draft is in line with the defence reforms announced as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan and has been placed in the public domain," the ministry said.

The DAP's focuses on promoting self-reliance in defence equipment production, with an ultimate aim to develop India as a global defence manufacturing hub. The Ministry has sought comments from stakeholders by August 10, 2020.

"The Defence Ministry will notify a list of weapons/platforms banned for import, which will be updated from time to time based on the requirements of the various services," the draft said, according to a report by Business Line.

A budget head has been created by the Defence Ministry for ‘Make in India’ projects and a provision is being made for domestic capital procurement.

The first draft of the DAP, which was then called the Defence Procurement Procedure, was issued on March 20 this year. In a statement, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday it received suggestions from various stakeholders running into more than 10,000 pages on the first draft. Therefore, after analysing those suggestions and holding meetings with stakeholders, the ministry said, the amended DAP was issued.

The Ministry said there are four new chapters in the amended DAP -- leasing; simplified capital expenditure procedure; acquisition of systems products and ICT systems; procurement from DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation), DPSUs (Defence Public Sector Units) and OFB (Ordnance Factory Board).

According to the Department of Defence Production, India aims to export defence products worth Rs 15,000 crore in 2020-21. Between April 1 and July 23, India has been able to export defence equipment and platforms worth Rs 1,892 crore, it said on its website.

In 2019-20 and 2018-19, India's defence exports stood at Rs 9,115 crore and Rs 8,320 crore, respectively, the department noted.


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Postby ks_sachin » 31 Jul 2020 07:08

Manish_Sharma wrote:Celebration time

TWITTER

@ukshahi

Good news from GOI ! MoD proposes banning imports of weapons/platforms that are and can be manufactured in India.
Finally a mandatory provision is being made for domestic capital procurement and a budget head has been created for ‘Make in India’ projects.

MoD will soon notify a list of weapons/platforms banned for import.
This will assure Indian Industry that a multi billion dollar domestic market is there for them in the defence sector and they will come into defence manufacturing and also invest heavily in defence R&D in India.

https://twitter.com/ukshahi/status/1288 ... 88228?s=19

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/india ... ssion=true

Defence Ministry proposes ban on weapons that can be 'Made in India': Report

Embracing the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the Defence Ministry has proposed to ban the import of weapons that can be manufactured in India. The suggestion was made in the amended draft Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) on July 28.

"The amended second draft is in line with the defence reforms announced as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan and has been placed in the public domain," the ministry said.

The DAP's focuses on promoting self-reliance in defence equipment production, with an ultimate aim to develop India as a global defence manufacturing hub. The Ministry has sought comments from stakeholders by August 10, 2020.

"The Defence Ministry will notify a list of weapons/platforms banned for import, which will be updated from time to time based on the requirements of the various services," the draft said, according to a report by Business Line.

A budget head has been created by the Defence Ministry for ‘Make in India’ projects and a provision is being made for domestic capital procurement.

The first draft of the DAP, which was then called the Defence Procurement Procedure, was issued on March 20 this year. In a statement, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday it received suggestions from various stakeholders running into more than 10,000 pages on the first draft. Therefore, after analysing those suggestions and holding meetings with stakeholders, the ministry said, the amended DAP was issued.

The Ministry said there are four new chapters in the amended DAP -- leasing; simplified capital expenditure procedure; acquisition of systems products and ICT systems; procurement from DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation), DPSUs (Defence Public Sector Units) and OFB (Ordnance Factory Board).

According to the Department of Defence Production, India aims to export defence products worth Rs 15,000 crore in 2020-21. Between April 1 and July 23, India has been able to export defence equipment and platforms worth Rs 1,892 crore, it said on its website.

In 2019-20 and 2018-19, India's defence exports stood at Rs 9,115 crore and Rs 8,320 crore, respectively, the department noted.



Not so fast.

ALong with this should be a clear pathway of how domestic players will be encouraged and provided a level playing field with the OFB.

the MoD has to be clear on how if helps grow the domestic eco system or else the ARmed Forces will again be the proverbial meat in the sandwich.

Cannot Import because of policy and cannot use desi OFB stuff with confidence because the quality is suspect..And then will be accused of being "import pasand" when emergency purchases have to be made when the s..t hits the fan...

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Postby nam » 31 Jul 2020 13:25

When MoD says can be made in India, it means made by DPSU, mostly from ToT. The T90 mine plough is a perfect example.

The entire thing is a design import, with license production, shown as locally made.

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Postby ramana » 31 Jul 2020 23:34

Lets wait and see. Its not the same old MoD.

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Postby abhik » 31 Jul 2020 23:38

manjgu wrote:https://twitter.com/palepurshankar/status/1289185615246839816 .... dhanush gun inducted !!

News is from April 2019 no?

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Postby Mollick.R » 03 Aug 2020 23:46

Govt comes out with draft defence production policy to boost indigenous weapons & exports
Rajat Pandit | TNN | Aug 3, 2020, 22:22 IST

The defence ministry on Monday released a draft defence production and export promotion policy (DPEPP 2020), with the stated objective of achieving a turnover of Rs 1,75,000 Crores ($ 25 billion), including export of Rs 35,000 Crore ($ 5 billion) in aerospace and defence goods and services by 2025.


A similar draft policy in 2018 had set out similar goals, but nothing much came out of it. The estimated size of the existing Indian defence industry is around Rs 80,000 crore, with the public sector’s contribution being almost 80% of it.

But whether the stated goals of the draft DPEPP 2020, which is envisaged as an “overarching document to provide a focused, structured and significant thrust to defence production capabilities”, can be achieved in five years remain to be seen.
The draft DPEPP says the aim is to reduce dependence on imports and take forward "Make in India" initiatives through domestic design and development, as also promote export of defence products as part of the overall ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ policy.

The draft policy brings out multiple strategies with the focus areas being procurement reforms; indigenization and support to MSMEs/Startups; optimization of resource allocation; investment promotion, FDI and ease of doing business; innovation and R&D; DPSUs and ordnance factories; quality assurance and testing infrastructure; and export promotion.
The policy comes after the government in May made it clear the armed forces will have to shed their penchant for exorbitant foreign weapon systems unless they can be made in India through joint ventures with global armament and aviation majors.

The government had also announced the import of certain weapons would be banned through a progressively-expanding negative list, while the FDI limit would be hiked to 74% from the existing 49% in the defence production sector through the automatic clearance route.


Times of India Link//

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/govt-comes-out-with-draft-defence-production-policy-to-boost-indigenous-weapons-exports/articleshow/77336027.cms

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Postby Dileep » 04 Aug 2020 11:44

Just finished a video conference on the DRDO's sammukh portal. It is a Jitsi implementation.

The interface is pretty good. Worked out of the box on firefox. But the biggest problem is the page crashed a number of times.

Saving grace is, just refreshing the page brought back the session, without entering any credentials.

But I think the 'anonymous entry' problem if zoom is very much there I think.

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Postby csaurabh » 04 Aug 2020 14:35

Manish_Sharma wrote:
csaurabh wrote:There is NO progress towards atma-nirbharta.
Import lobby has sabotaged everything.
One well reputed company I know was awarded a grant to develop an indigenous replacement for Carl Gustav Rocket launcher.
After a ton of red tape compliances they were awarded 10% of the promised grant for the first installment. Second installment is nowhere in sight. Project crawls at snails pace, Armed forces are clearly totally uninterested and just keeps up a charade.
This is not the exception, it is the norm.


Could you name the company & name of product so I can Tweet to pmo et al and make them aware.


Apologies for the late reply. This knowledge is in the public sector, there were some articles in the news, you can try to find them.
Company name is 'Carbon light', and the product is a rocket launcher which I have already indicated earlier.


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