Who imports systems and serves the Armed Forces is immaterial on a few major counts. Firstly, it is national money being spent, Secondly, delivery of the systems needs to be timely, Thirdly, the Armed Forces must be content with the systems, and Lastly, the nation should get best value for the money. ‘Scramble’ for imports must stop.
It has been the experience that whenever new systems are needed, the DRDO ‘jumps’ to grab the project on the pretext of ‘can do’ and ‘indigenisation’, cost and time overruns notwithstanding. Invariably systems are delayed, and the Forces begin to ‘crib’ till some via media is found. A bad show for all involved.
It is worth studying projects handled by the DRDO since its raising in relation to time and cost overruns with technology perspective. The DRDO should be encouraged, developed and strengthened but not at the cost of efficiency; it impacts our defence preparedness.
Same is the case in case of Tejas Engines as reported in the Press. Read the Full report: Air Force Says DRDO Stalling Tejas Fighter Engine