If so, then I agree that a DRDO (and still not OFB ) design would be the best way to go. But look at the huge number of AK-47s that are present in forward areas (not to mention with Paramilitary personnel in the cities). They are not OFB produced.
The problem with OFB is that it is not just giving a bad name to itself. As incredulous as it may seem, it ends up fuelling the already inherent bias against all indegenous weaponry inside the Army. For instance, I recently met a very young officer in a train. He was criticising DRDO for giving sub par arms to Army. When asked for an example, he cited INSAS. Says that there are still issues with INSAS including problems with selector switch and magazine. When I pointed out that these issues were not design issues but production issues (and hence not DRDO's fault), his answer was "That's what DRDO would say, wouldn't they?".
My point is that Army's mindset is already against indigenous products. Then the young and impressionable come out of training academies and find that:
- the indigenous grenades that they throw are duds.
- the indigenous 9mm pistol and sterling are more likely to kill him than the enemy.
- The 84mm RCL's rocket does not come out when fired (and may at anytime blow him to bits).
I mean that these are the first things he fires, and thus this is the first impression of indegenous products he is left with. The young person does not research whether it was DRDO's fault or OFB's fault, he is left with the impression that indigenous weapons are junk. Then when the DGMF tells him that Arjun is junk, he is all too ready to accept it (sorry for the potshot..could not resist it
). When the Officer becomes senior and has to decide the fate of an indigenous system, what do you think his attitude towards the indigenous equipment will be?