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    An Indian

    Glad Adm. Prakash raise the point of the Kaveri Engine and also his other points about Atma Nirbharta. His comparison with what the Chinese have been doing is totally spot on.

    I so do hope we hang it there and ensure the engine happens.

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    SL Mehra

    Instead of indulging in blame game, both Navy & HAL should sort out the differences to meet the Navy’s pressing requirements. After all, the need & desire for the end result can’t be different for the two viz user & supplier

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    Although HAL may get irked by Adm Arun Prakash’s statement ,they are conveniently forgetting that it was this same man who issued a letter of intent (LoI) for the ALH back in 1994 based on which Navy made an on account payment of 288 crore for 6 ALH SP Approx 48 lakhs more than the negotiated amount.
    Blade folding for a max diameter of 5.3 meters was always a part of the Naval NSQRs and We have funded HAL for the same through the WSI project and Navy had supported it through funding at various stages.
    With the Naval ASW requirement the endurance of the ALH was a mere 30 minutes and it never suited Navy’s requirements ab-initio which has also been brought out by Cdr KP Sajeev.

    Needless to say HAL is a behemoth which is not letting the Indian Aerospace industry move ahead and expects a raw deal in every project. Their lesser spoken about their QA the better. Adm Arun Prakash does not mince words and I stand by his conviction.

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    Homi Irani

    cannot believe such nonsense going on, It is about time get rid off all PSU defense cos. No wonder the all the Bhaji pav use less employees like to go on strike, I would shut the plant, let them stay out for good.
    No wonder HAL products, cant give away to friendly countries.
    Cannot make a decent rifle after all this yrs. Nepal said take them back.
    But a small mickey mouse Gulf nation with population less than lower parel, wants to export rifles to us.
    If private tata etc. were given a free hand, we would be exporting Arms all over by now.
    We got new defence minister flies all the way to france to Tilak/ Break coconuts for the new jet. Minster before flies to Border so she can teach Chinese troops how to Namaste. They sure like to waste taxpayers money.
    Only defence minister we ever had that understood Tech.details was.
    Late Mr.Parrikar
    Dont know why Modi is scared of closing all this Blood sucking PSUs
    Producing garbage for our Armed force Person.

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      That is Rahul Gandhi’s pet company

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    Shocking comments. Most unfair. Development phase was tough but we got through. Now, hundreds of pilots are happily flying the ALH right up to the top of the glaciers. The ALH inspired me and a couple of us to push a combat variant, the LCH. It is bound to succeed.
    I would urge HAL and the Indian Aeronautics as a whole to ignore these na(v)y sayers and keep going. The Nation depends on you.

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    HAL must learn to design and build the engines for ALH, LUH, LCH. That’s where the technology is, that’s where we must prove our so called talented engineers and it is on the engines that all the Forex is guzzled aftermarket. Give Safran a run for its money. What CNS said was apt. There is the need to create a parallel HAL in the private sector and HAL must become the mentor to Indian Aerospace by doing real cutting edge technology stuff.

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    Sundeep Mehta

    Contempt in HAL spokespersons words explain it all. One is a retired and respected Naval chief and the other an accomplished Naval test pilots, both have experienced it all. Not a word from them is an exaggeration, albeit frustration and angry outburst.
    While I would be happiest to see for HAL built ALH for NUH program. My issue is with the deeper malaise that is tearing the nation apart – even jeopardising its self reliance march.
    It is the situation that has arisen due to a ORGANISATIONAL DEFECT (deliberate ?) of placing DPSU, DRDO, OFB under the same ministry as the end users -The Services!
    Wasn’t Gen VKSingh bribery allegation also about this – a fertile breeding ground for corruption, inefficiency, nepotism and ZERO accountability.
    The picture of PSUs presenting cheque to RM every financial year is a sore to the eyes of those who know that it also bears the price of SILENCING THE VOICE OF SERVING.
    Why else would retired persons opinions pinch Mr Sutar where it hurts ? Even Rahul will rush to his rescue – to patronise.
    The debate must continue even as I stand for ATMANIRBHAR BHARAT.

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    100% disinvestment of HAL is in national interest. HAL should be professionally run by professional management with full accountability as any commercial aerospace company is run today.

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    Former Admiral Arun Prakash, calls a bloody spade (Bharath Sarkar ki Sampathi: HAL) A mere spade:

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    Mic Mada

    THere needs to be a 3 or 4 way discussion on this, between HAL, Navy, independent Accident investigation board, civilian and foreign customer experts. If not it will degenerate in confrontation and power struggle with HAL asserting its expertise when no one but everyone together is an expert in solving this kind of problems.

    THis is however very typical of government military structures, ie. to have subordinate views (in this case the Navy) dismissed. In matters of tragedies like this no one is above the law and everyone can be a victim no matter the status. Will it take a HAL executive to crash and die in this thing to fix this evil withing bureaucracy? It really should not come to that.

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    Santhosh Abraham

    To Gopal Sutar of HAL ……you didn’t promise anything but you very well know basic requirements of a Navy Helicopter or was your team trying to built an helicopter that can just fly. According to you “automatic blade folding was never promised or attempted on ALH”, if so, what was your team developing as a Navy variant? You just broadcasted the fact that you wanted to put up a technologically incompetent helicopter and wanted the Navy’s buy in.
    Did you and your team not know what a Navy variant looked liked at least by trying to finding what the other Navy’s have inducted?
    At least spare sometime and have a look at what other countries are developing and then draw a comparison on what we should be offering our navy.
    Lethargy is a very soft vocabulary that’s been used by Admiral Prakash. You all should tried in a court for wasting public money, importantly many precious years and should be heavily penalised for making substandard helicopters for the Navy. If you didn’t know what a Navy variant of the Helicopter should look like then that is deplorable. Find another job and save the nation.


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