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  1. 1

    Anonymous

    is it necessary to add another ship defence missile? Barak-1 and Barak-8 are sufficient for ship protection. Spin offs will be given to IA and IN.

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  2. 2

    Raj

    Well…instead of buying only seeker and improving Akash MK-1 into Akash Mk-2, now buy the entire system !!! for $ 6 billion USD – 36,000 crore rupees.

    Chinese are building variety of seekers and learning and exporting at the same time. Indians are busy buying western seekers as far as possible. Navy wants them even when it has Barak-1 in its inventory..Strange logic !!!

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  3. 3

    shankar subramanian

    West is hardly trying to sell its toys to india ………to propup their debt driven economies which may collapse any time soon……….
    FOOLISH INDIANNS SHOULD NOT FALL TRAP……..AND WASTe MONEY IN IMPORTING TOYS FOR MILLIONS OF DOLLARS………..
    ITS TIME FOR INDIA TO DEVELOP INDIGENEIOUS WEPEANS RAYHER THEN BUYING WEAPONS FROM WEST FOR BILLIONS OF DOLLARS……..

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  4. 4

    Suchindranath Aiyer

    Together with Rafale, Dassault will make a killing. Now, if India does not toe the US (aka Pakistan-Sunni) line, all French arms will turn into Mistrals!

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  5. 5

    Anonymous

    Will this missile replace barak 1 or will it be another layer of defense for the ships? There should at least be some explanation about the role of maitri.

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  6. 6

    Anonymous

    Disband the Navy

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  7. 7

    Anonymous

    Why the revival to placate the french if Rafale is dropped.?

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  8. 8

    Anonymous

    Peace offering to the French Masters in prelude to cancellation of MMRCA contract !

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  9. 9

    Abhiman

    The DRDO's Akash missile has successfully fended off MBDA's proposal earlier. The Army and IAF have inducted the Akash Mk.1 in large numbers.

    Hence, that was a rare history created by Akash, when an indigenous weapon trumped an aggressive arms lobby to import a foreign alternative.

    For the Akash Mk.2, if DRDO is forced to partner with MBDA, it can keep the partnership to a minimum. At most, it may obtain only seeker-related consultancy from MBDA.

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    Let's abandon the PAK-FA. Let's concentrate on the AMCA.

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  10. 10

    Anonymous

    Without VTOL/VSTOL AMCA does not have any added advantages

    Its better to scrap the program than just being another Assembling"effort by HAL/DRDO at home

    VTOL & related technology will give new engineering capability, but for that HAL has to show its better than a garage company

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  11. 11

    Anonymous

    well either AMCA or PAK-FA our IAS lobby is unable to deliver anything for defense forces and our military leadership is too coward to fight for their men

    even MoD babu is more powerful than Indian Army General who gets things done

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  12. 12

    Anonymous

    IA & IAF have rejected the Maitri SR-SAM offering. The Navy was not much interested either but it is being shoved down their throat now by the MoD because they have to have something for PM Modi to sign when he goes to visit France.

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  13. 13

    Anonymous

    The proposed Maitri SR-SAM is an evolutionary version of the Vertical launch MICA missile. Why can't a VL version of the ASTRA be developed to serve this need for the Indian Navy ?
    Or is this just another sorry attempt to soothe frayed French nerves over the imminent cancellation of the Rafale deal ?

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  14. 14

    Raahul Kumar

    No need for this overpriced French SAM. We have the Akash, let's just invest money on developing our own seeker technology and improving the Akash Mk2.

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  15. 15

    Anonymous

    @Abhiman

    I propose a Peer Review and Oversight committee for DRDO which critically evaluates the timelines/cost/ indigenisation of each and every DRDO product / Programme.

    Whenever timelines / Quality / Cost / Indigenisation are not met all involved should be fired.

    All costs including Adm costs should be transparent and audited ( like guest rooms @ 5Rs/Day, Meals @ 5Rs/ Meal)

    Work Culture including working hours must be audited daily and if work not produced, individual must be fired.

    Aircraft designers must go and see aircraft and fly in them in all operational and peacetime conditions that thier designed product is likely to encounter.

    Same for Tank , Ship etc etc designers.

    Also, all previous programmes must be audited and responsible persons must be called to account for wastages delays etc.

    INSAS rifles which do not fire or Jam during an encounter, barrels explode etc must be shoved up the appropriate asses of QC / Manufacturer or Designer

    Designers/ QC/ PSUs ( OFB) Mfg of Parachutes which dont open and Bombs which explode on the wing,must be whipped and hung in public

    Howzat?

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  16. 16

    Anonymous

    If … INSAS rifles which do not fire or Jam during an encounter then Army should file criminal FIR against DRDO and IOB officials …….. but continue using INSAS and that is only way to improve the program

    Also, tell family of dead soldiers that how DRDO and IOB are responsible. Use media in these matters

    AR 16 had similar issues but US didn't go to buy AK-47 or other equipment but kept on using them until a satisfactory level is achieved. If something indigenous is not working then going somewhere else does not make sense. That way higher italian soldiers or Israeli soldiers cauz they are effective in stopping terrorist !!

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    Anonymous

    Read that the French have actually reduced their total budget spend for their military. It is I think 1.9% of their GDP. So they would be looking for tie-ups to fill in the gaps.

    This tie-up might actually be good strategic thinking. Rather than being too critical, depending on the industrial knowledge gained it might be very useful.

    However if the deliverables take 10+ years to materialise, then it is debatable.

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  18. 18

    Anonymous

    [email protected]:25 am, charity begins at home! Lets begin all this audit shaudit stuff withe IA/IAF/IN first shall we? Unlike what you are bloviating, HAL/DPSUs are already audited. Reports are available openly. In contrast, when CAG tries to audit procurement programs, in many cases its told no dice, for grounds of national security. As somebody who has heard of the usual, let me tell you, the amount of corruption and rot in the defense services procurement is legendary and cannot ever be matched by the incompetent DPSU babu log. From Rs 10,000 Diodes to Rs 50,000 water filters – indian armed forces bilk the taxpayer heavily, all the while frontline troops are told NO BPJ because "budget nahin hain". Things are so bad that even corruption in food procurement is now the norm in border staging areas and peacetime locations. Physician, heal thyself is what needs to be told to defense services!! Our Generals are now notoriously incompetent and corrupt for the most part. Going to jaunts after jaunts and imbibing Johnny Walker Black Label paid from regimental mess funds is the norm. Army brats are now to be found in elite academies in the west, east, everywhere. Meanwhile scions of honest colonels and majors make do with what civvies do, which is less than nothing. Sad to say, but the entire edifice is rotten from top down, and only the guts of the average jawan and middle leadership is letting the defence services get by. Otherwise dal hi kaala hain. Lets see one journalist report on the T-90 joke and how spares to air cooling were mishandled by army procurement?? Nothing was done, nothing is done. Also, many generals and air commodors are now fronting for arms dealer companies with posh offices in delhi! Another reason to enjoy retirement, with beer parties for colleagues and getting inside info. Truth is what it is.

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    Anonymous

    @Anon 1.06 PM

    Mate you need to post more such enlightening comments or start your own blog exposing corruption in high places.

    It's amazing a country where more than half billion defecate in the open; thinks nothing on splurging 100s of billions on imported arms which makes few corrupt people and foreigners very rich while ensuring 100s of million Indians continue to live below poverty.

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