Defence has been in a bad state over the last 6 years. No progress on all major programs for years now. Project 75I is such an incredibly important project, but because of the slowness of the government in making a decision, we will be facing with falling submarine numbers in 2020s, since the older ones are going to retire soon.
We can''''t even manufacture proven tech like Train 18. Forget about helicopters
Didn''''t the Railway Ministry say that they will make around 10 new Vande Bharat Express trains next year?
Well, if a train is purchased from outside, there would be a lot of commissions for the Railway board.
Never mind that Train 18 is a marvelous piece of engineering
Fuck commission if it’s made in India many poor people will have jobs and stable income
It is not necessary to ban 100% imports. We should have some samples of latest tech even if fully imported.
Privatise the defence industry, else we will remain the biggest importer
Yeah? Where will the private sector gets its defence technology from? It''''s going to lead to foreign companies (and countries) getting their foot in the door.
Easier said than done. Defence industry needs huge R&D budget and an highly advanced and matured tech industry. Indian private sector has neither. At least when it’s public the govt can keep pumping money.
The problem is bureaucracy. You cannot build a 21st century superpower with 19th century state apparatus. Forget about superpower, you cannot accomplish anything with this colonial bureaucracy. Political class is too clueless or self serving. Modi too has no interest in taking on them. Just buzzwords and a minute action across a whole term like 10 lateral entries at the end of five year term. I bet the next ten would be appointed in 2024. Because there is no established civil society or intellegntsia that is favourable to him or closer to his political views and he too is stubborn and insecure about the present establishment, all he has left is the rusted bureaucracy.
They can get the technology from HAL and then do a better job than them.