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    Subarno Sinha

    Although very late but still appreciated move by IAF. It should’ve been done atleast when the Flying Daggers squadron was beginning to take shape, or even better half a decade ago, when Tejas missed it’s FOC deadline of March 2012. Let’s hope that this late impetus turns out good for the project.

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    Subarno y

    Although a very late move but still appreciated. It should’ve been done when the Flying Daggers squadron first took shape a couple of years back. It could’ve been done when the HAL and ADA missed the deadline of FOC of March 2012.

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    Harshad Datar

    As correctly brought out, IAF should have been associated with LCA from d word “Go”. They did not do it. Seeking administrative control will change nothing. IAF cannot change the actors from DRDO and HAL who relish their ultra slow pace and lack of urgency.

    At present the IAF atleast has HAL and DRDO to blame. Once they take control, they will have no one else but themselves to be blamed while having no control over other two players.

    Hope IAF continues its hands off approach, which was wrong from the beginning but it is now the correct course of action.

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    Privatise HAL and project team should be placed under experienced PMs…… The safe zone of salary every first of the month of callous government employees who have little respect for work, timelines and goals have to removed along with reservations at cutting edge of work spectrum…..a good team under an efficient AVM with support from good project managers will help

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    I feel there should be big credit limit to the suppliers and with120 days interest free loans and let them complete the parts with wiring and pipes already installed with plug and play system so that it should have all parts systematically lined up and installed in Sulur base hanger. 80% of the work must be done by the suppliers and get the supply chain to bump up the production and start fitting every component in the Sulur hangers so that the cost can be reduced and production can be bumped . If India cannot make 28-30 Tejas per year then drop the project. Make at least 250 Tejas MK 1 A and then MK 2 with a new 142 KN engine and larger body and six thousand liters of fuel with cracked delta wings and canards and should have 23 hard points like F 16 XL on the same model. The modifications asked by Airforce must be incorporated and start the first production run 2020 with all the modifications made with almost complete components supplied by the suppliers that complete installation would be easier and quicker. In this 18 months set all the pieces together so that large production run be made . Let HAL supply the first 40 planes in next 7-8 years but with desperate situation and desperate measures I feel IAF should start assembly of these planes in Sulur hangers where a large pool of technicians and engineers can be made who would finally provide the service to these 10-12 Tejas squadrons. It seems to me that because of monopoly HAL is taking the nation for a ride. The money asked is exorbitant and I feel Air Force can do it more efficiently and economically than HAL.

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    Spot on. The IAF should have led from the front from the start. The problem is the IAF has a ‘foreign is better’ complex. Putting an IAF officer in charge at this stage will achieve nothing. An IAF officer of whatever rank would not be the solution. A Group Captain will not even be taken seriously by his own seniors in the IAF. The thing to sort out with regard to Tejas at this stage is to finalize the FOC specification (IAF’s responsibility) and then sort out production (HAL’s responsibility). The real leadership that is needed is at the MOD, to lick the IAF, HAL, ADA et al into shape. Sadly that is missing. Parrikar was getting there but then keeping Goa in the BJP fold was more vital for the nation than sorting out the MOD.

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    The IAF cannot blame the DRDO for unkept promises. The DRDO was the victim of sanctions post-Pokhran in 1998, which delayed the Tejas project for a full 2 years before it’s first flight in Jan 2001.

    It remained under sanctions for the most part of the previous decade, which explained why flight-tests were done with the utmost caution. Besides, most related projects were never linked to the Tejas’ timelines in the first place. A case in point is the Kaveri engine. It’s failure to meet requirements, never once delayed the Tejas’ progress, because it was anyway cruising along with the GE-F404 engines.

    Now let’s come to how the IAF is directly responsible for many years of delays in the Tejas:

    1) In early 2003, the IAF suddenly demanded a change in the wing-loading of the Tejas prototype. This change took a full 22 months to be executed by late 2004 to early 2005, as the developers had to go back to the drawing board and make structural changes.

    2) (And this takes the cake). In 2010, the IAF boffins suddenly remembered that the Tejas must have air-to-air refueling. The DRDO balked at this, but soldiered on because the IAF held up the FoC certification for want of this and many other 11th hour changes. The refueling probe was finally tested in 2017, though it had cleared many other tests in the interim.

    3) It’s late demands for a bigger engine (not realizing that it’s own demands earlier have led to a weight bloat), an AESA radar, more and more avionics have always forced the DRDO to revisit the drawing board many times in the past 10 years.

    The IAF must realize that project development is best done in phases. The moon can’t be expected in the very first iteration. This recaltricant attitude of the IAF is the primary reason for delays in the Tejas program, besides the US sanctions post-Pokhran 2.

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      Very true. IAF has been a spoiled brat.

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    Even if we can’t make a 5th generation – make a 4th generation fighters & save our tax money from these scouting Boeings, Lockheeds, Migs, Saabs, Eurofighters & Dassaults…

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    Looks like you are accusing IAF for delays of Tejas project. HAL has over 30 years of experience in aircraft manufacturing and repair . Why did HAL took 30 years to develop a jet that can replace MIG 21 (developed in late 50’s) . HAL can’t even complete the delivery of SU 30 in time. Typical government agency who is very pathetic when it comes to follow timelines


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