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  1. 1

    Chandan

    Good news and a step forward….

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  2. 2

    Rohith.S

    Finally some good news. Just hope that reforms are carried out properly

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  3. 3

    Anonymous

    What leverage if any will the armed forces have over the restructured DRDO? Isnt Akash 2 going to clash with Barak 8 program?

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  4. 4

    pavan

    I doubt whether this will ever be implemented going by the track record of our MOD

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  5. 5

    Rudra

    Shiv,

    When do you think this restructuring program would be finished?

    Also, please post the Akash MKII details.

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  6. 6

    Anonymous

    Great news!! Seems like things are heading in the right direction.

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    Anonymous

    Ah.. Shiv Aroor. Article in 2006 in Indian Express getting the ball rolling indeed. How convenient to overlook the discussions in Bharat Rakshak on the problems with DRDO and the debates on the forums there.

    Well, I do agree that your IE article took it to a far wider "lay" audience beyond an niche, albeit knowledgeable set of people who are keenly followed in these matters helping bring this into wider notice. While claiming credit, maybe you should acknowledge the role of others as well and also refer to the Rama Rao commission that predated your article.

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  8. 8

    Shiv Aroor

    @anon: actually, the Rama Rao Committee was constituted in Feb 2007, three months after the express series. it did not predate the series.

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  9. 9

    joydeep ghosh

    @ Shiv

    Thnx 4r the great news.

    This will finally put to rest all chatters about Arjun MBT and Akash SAM being a failed project.

    Just specify when will these recommendations bear fruit.

    PS: please respond to querries put up for answers.

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  10. 10

    AK

    A belated but a step in the correct direction. However, Mr. Antony needs to ensure that private industry participation is raised much to a higher level and government DPSU monopoly is broken forever. We cannot have the lazy DPSU's importing SKDs from foreign locations and assembling them as Made in India. We still import trucks, planes, missiles, mortars, rifles, submarine, clothing and everything under the Sun. Compare that to China who has managed to cut the imports by a whooping margin. God speed!

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  11. 11

    Arun

    Good job. I wish other journalists would step up and do similar things, in India and here in the US. While corruption is the biggest issue there, political posturing is a big issue here. It would be amazing if there was a truly independent but prudent media.

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  12. 12

    Anonymous

    C'mon DRDO start running,you are too late and derailed too…

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  13. 13

    Anonymous

    Finally they start doing what they should have done long ago

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  14. 14

    Anonymous

    "Commercial Arm of DRDO

    A new Commercial Arm of DRDO would be created by DRDO as a Private Limited Company with a seed capital of about Rs. 2 crores. The commercial arm would deal only with the spin-off products and technologies meant for civilian use. It will not take up any manufacturing activity. For any production activity the services of public or private sector industry will be utilised."

    ^ Now that is the trump card

    -S

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    NJS

    Mark 2 version for both Akash & Arjun is a must for indian defense , but need to do within deadline time frame . Arjun mk1 already successfully crossed many decades , so all we need is atleast medium fastrack movement for Arjun mk2 project .

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    Sachin Kanaujia

    "Continuation of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) for design and development of combat aircraft" ?

    Means MCA or LCa

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    Anonymous

    What about the Arjun Engine and transmission? Will that be indigenised in MK 2?

    Some comments suggest that DRDO…all it does is align with foreign vendors and manufacture locally. That is what the private sector does…NOT DRDO – and at phenomenal costs. The two systems going onto MK 2 are the great success stories of not only DRDO but India…the missiles, Tejas…and so on…Good Luck and Godspeed…India!

    Let us be factual and fair…also altruistic in military defence matters. These are issues of grave national importance…our supreme national survival.

    What are the great private sector accomplishments? Mahindra and Mahindra is signing JV's all over the global map and will sell low quality Indian sourced products…inferior to what Indian suppliers can make…with a foreign design and name. DRDO can do that at a fractional cost.

    I believe in not a public to private sector acrimony but a sharing of tasks in an optimal and cost-effective manner to increase and hasten the military manufacturing base, output, efficiency. It is absolutely necessary.

    We all need to pool in and minimize ideological, time consuming debates. An environment of contructive criticism and consensus is necessary.

    No one wins or loses all the time. God Bless all of us! Godspeed!

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    Anonymous

    There's nothing going to happen so long as there's little accountability from DRDO's side to the end users,i.e.the armed forces.Many a time,the army,navy and IAF are focred to take substandard DRDO equipment just for the sake of indigenisation.Having interacted closely with DRDO,the scientists there barring a few exceptionally dedicated ones,just want to leave and join private sector.They know that there's no accountability and hence do a shoddy work.They also play to the gallery when it comes to highlighting their acheivements.If we are to increase the efficieny,the DRDO should be under the forces as is the case in US and Russia.

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    Marcus

    they will use this re-structuring as an execuse for more delays :-).

    I know why DODO cannot get Arjun right…can you imagine integrating so many components from so many different vendors. Give them another 10years and you might get something….but then again thats not really an issue. Its not as if IA is facing some super duper tanks either. In fact tank is becoming a nice target for thousands of anti-tank missiles being aquired by india's foes….and many of them are pretty good.

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    Anonymous

    Hi Shiv,
    I'm an avid follower of ur blog and wud like to congratulate u for ur efforts on ur report on DRDO and this blog in general.
    There is, however, a suggestion (I cud be wrong) …
    quoting from ur post: "by me and Express senior editor Amitav Ranjan"
    Citing your name before others' for credits over a collaborative piece of work (no matter how much actually was contributed by other person) dosent look very Modest.
    The competetion among newsmen these days to be the *first* to report something perhaps has left these minor details somewhere in the shadow….
    Sry for deviating from the topic but its just an honest observation

    Regards,
    Rishi

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  21. 21

    Anonymous

    actually getting the DRDO labs to bring in accountability is very important. The labs get away with almost anything in the name of secrecy. RTI should be allowed in all labs.

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    Anonymous

    there is nothing but tokenism and nothing has percolated down the rank and file. Instead of making DRDO a lean and young organisation they have made it an OLD and weak organisation by extending the retirement age selectively choosing the hypocrites and retiring the knowledgable and simple but true scientists Extending projects to ADA means no change in thought for failed projects and no revamp at all

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