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    Ajay Singh

    Great article. PSUs with good leadership, held accountable but given a free hand by the government can do well. In the name of privatization, promoting crony capitalism and giving foreign OEMs a perpetual hold on the Indian market would be shortsighted. After all, if the navy can support the LCA-Navy from the same stable (DRDO-HAL) then why not the NUH? Whatever the shortcomings of HAL, their achievement in the field of helicopters is a matter of great pride and satisfaction for any Indian.

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    The writer seems to have a mindset that equates private sector with crony capitalism and PSU with patriotism. Ashok Baweja, a former chairman of HAL, who is associated with a supplier to HAL at present, has furnished data points that are erroneous / untrue/ fictitious, but go a long way in establishing his distorted view point. A couple of such contrived and made-up data points are : (1) he claims C-295 is the first example of Strategic Partnership project which failed to take off because the price is too high. In reality, C-295 is not a project under Strategic Partnership paradigm but the first buy and make India program, under which GOI mandated the foreign OEM to make the aircraft in India under ToT. Incidentally it was the same principle, under which HAL made Jaguar/ Su-30. But since this was given to private sector, it must have been crony capitalism. (2) He also remarked that no Helicopter OEM would give the technology of gearboxes, transmission or blades to an Indian company and hence the NUH, if given to private sector, would result in mere assembly of the helicopter only. Baweja conveniently omits the fact that NUH RFI mandates the OEM to transfer the technology for gearbox, transmission and blade manufacturing ( in addition to several other systems such as Health Usage monitoring system, Hydraulics, Automatic Flight Control System etc.) to its Indian partner and demands that the ToT must not be limited to mere build to print but should also include ‘know why’, i.e., the design, source code, ability to upgrade – the whole nine yard. In conclusion, I would say that I agree with the writer that HAL has good engineers, has demonstrated initiative, and has shown some success, but is plagued by inefficient processes and procedures, a culture of entitlement and monumental egos that are second to none. Time has come to create nurture competition to HAL so that a healthy aerospace ecosystem emerges in near future.

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    “” The point is it was achieved by men who were the poorest paid of the state sector employees who worked 6 day 48 hour weeks and who retired without even a pension. “”

    If this is really true, then it is a tragedy…
    In Telangana, the government is paying all older people over 60 or so something like Rs. 3000+ per month… it used to be Rs. 1000+ per month… election promises…

    Very tragic…

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    I think Indian Navy must (RM must order) use ALH Dhruv variant as NUH at least for time being as majority of it is made in India also with advanced cockpit and pretty good Shakti engine…

    IN can document all the deficiencies and work with HAL to develop it further to make it into one of the best NUH ever….
    Advantage is it will be all India’s own except for Shakti engine which is manufactured under license…

    Go for NUH and invest to get your dream NUH machine in few years…


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