D Roy wrote:I have a different take here. Given the nature of their work DRDO people have to be tight lipped. they can't really say anything beyond explaining what is being displayed at their stall. for that they need DPI clearance. It is actually a high point of India that some of them still talk to other young people seeing that they might be enthusiasts and such like. ( some of them do know about sites like BR etc)
Just go to any foreign trade show and see how forthcoming they are over there unless you are known to them personally as "Tom" from wired or "dick" from popsci.
DRDO wallahs actually gauge the level of questions and make an assessment. They are comfortable with DDM for obvious reasons and give "newbie" gyaan to them.
Sorry saar...I don't quite agree with your take here. I agree that DRDO chaps need to gauge the level of questions, assess and answer them. However, painting all questions as "sensitive" just re-enforces the paranoia that was/is present in Indian system.
I wanted to know if mmW seeker for Nag is in development and if yes, what stage is it at? I had similar questions on Astra & Akash SAM. But the guy said, seeker tech is sensitive and us "media" folks should wait for DRDO to issue press releases. I am sure mmW seeker tech is complex and involves a lot more including tracking & processing RF returns algorithms etc. Nobody is going ask what software algorithms is being used etc.
The guy at ADA stall...the former IN naval officer was candid about the objective of airshow. He was encouraging kids to ask questions. He said its important for kids to get exposed to tech like CFD, composite materials, control systems, avionics etc and cultivate interest in aerospace systems. In fact, while I was walking away after being pushed from ADA stall, the former IN officer asked me to blog about LCA/ADA. I gave him a thumbs up.
Instead if you treat non business visitor as college punk kid and ignore them, you'll end up with kids or folks who will not recognize Tejas and brand it as "Sukohi" and be under the impression that India does not have capability to design & manf complex machines.
It is possible to get complete manuals of older variants MiG-29 & Su-27 on the net if you have good searching skills (I do not...have tried
). So in this day of internet, information will end up in there. Of course, many of the DRDO folks were willing to talk and answer questions to the best of their ability.
Just my 2 paisa