Bharat Karnad is a dinosaur who has had the hotts for Roosy maal like no other. He cried rivers when the Mig lost the MMRCA downselect.
His prediction during the MMRCA was......
Whatever the merits and demerits of the aircraft in the fray and the other allurements offered by the supplier states, the Gripen, Rafale, and Typhoon are unlikely to make it to the shortlist.
Then gives us this nugget......
The Russian military cooperation with India has also been predicated on the joint need to deal with the common Chinese threat. Buying the F-16 or F-18 will upset Moscow, which perceives the MMRCA decision as something of a litmus test of its continued good standing with India. By way of raising the costs to India of making the wrong choice, the tourniquet of spares and servicing support could be applied across the board, resulting in a rapid degrading of the readiness aspects of the Indian military. Indian armed forces still depend on Russia for about 70 percent of their equipment needs. The souring of the Russian attitude towards India, moreover, may have other consequences as well, such as a cutback in the Russian involvement in many high value military technology collaboration projects, raising of the acquisition costs of other items, and delays in the contracted delivery of, say, the nuclear-powered hunter-killer submarine Akula on lease, and the aircraft carrier Gorshkov.
The General Staff, Artillery Branch, a decade ago recommended the standardisation of the fine, locally-produced, Dhanush 155mm/45 calibre howitzer across categories—towed, self-propelled, wheeled, tracked, and truck-mounted. This recommendation was endorsed by the army’s Northern, Eastern, Central, and Western Commands who vouched for this gun’s employability in the remotest areas.
Factually incorrect, it is well known that the FARP mentions the caliber to be standardized at 155/52 Cal as early as 1995. The CAG report corroborates it.
Besides a decade ago, Dhanush was on paper and everyone and their aunt was itching for Weapons Trials.
For that matter why did the MoD under MP issue RFP's for 155/52 Cal MGS or did DRDO continue with ATAGS??
The obsolete 120mm gun (8 regiments) apart. The 97-odd artillery regiments are pretty up-to-date featuring, besides the sensor-fused Dhanush, the Grad, Pinaka, and Smerch multi-barrel rocket launchers, the Brahmos (Block II) cruise missile, and the extraordinarily destructive point and area weapon—the Prahar missile.
So much for actual numbers, we have (180) Field and Medium Regiments not 97 and (25) 120mm Mortar Light Regiments.
Most not anywhere near up-to-date.