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To: Yo-Yo
I totally agree with you. Even though the Gripen would make a superlative LCA, there is no way that cost would be acceptable for what is a Bison replacement (and furthermore too much in terms of resources, both financial and other, has been sunk into it; and just as importantly, for the Bison/Fishbed replacement the Tejas will do the job, and do it very well). Thus I totally agree with what you said, and remain cognizant of what India is doing and why.

I simply wish they would add some haste to the process, particularly when it comes to issues like the MMRCA as well as their submarine acquisitions. Waiting too long (either via timelag in selection or hindrances in acquisition) would lead to the twin perils of gap-closure between (say) India and Pakistan, as well as gap-closure between prime efficacy and the inception of obsolesence.

6 posted on 01/31/2011 10:57:10 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: spetznaz; Yo-Yo

India’s strategic culture has been inherently lacking in innovation and determination (barring for probably the Indira Gandhi era). So even if individual systems such as the MRCA are expedited, they may not be done at optimum benefit-flawed contract clauses, problems in delivery. These have been witnessed in pretty much every major contract signed in recent years for the Indian military. The same problem affects indigenous research. Indian research establishments have essentially become bureaucratic machines looking to procure funds and work to a project rather than get workable results. So you see the problems with projects such as the LCA and its indigenous engine. Both are fundamentally sound concepts but have been implemented terribly. The government has indicated it could relax norms for allowing greater foreign investment and private participation in the defense sector. But that’s likely to incur significant opposition from the usual suspects on the left and right.

The Pakistanis and Chinese don’t have this problem as the military pretty much runs strategic discourse over there.

About the MRCA, here’s an interesting article on the possibility of the US offering greater technology.

http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=5579661


7 posted on 01/31/2011 8:42:10 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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