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Indian Defence News

Discussion in 'Geostrategic Issues' started by ngatimozart, May 31, 2016.

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  1. ngatimozart

    ngatimozart Super Moderator Staff Member Verified Defense Pro

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    I've started this as a catch all for general Indian defence related news.

    To start apparently the Indian govt has started the blacklisting process against Leonardo (formerly Finmeccanica) by beginning to cancel all procurement projects with Leonardo. This is a result of the bribery allegations against Finmeccanica with the VVIP AW101 project.

    In an apparently unrelated move the Rafale deal has stalled due to Indian bureaucratic paralysis after the Indian Defence General Director of Acquisition has been forced to step aside for undisclosed reasons.

    Funding is also creating problems for the Army with the majority of funds meant for acquisitions and weapons being used to fund salaries instead. Hence the Indian Army is looking at ways of increasing its tooth to tail ratio including rationalising troop numbers. Meanwhile the Air Force are awaiting finalised projects to be approved whilst the rupee depreciates against the US$. They argue that they facing a "severe resource crunch" unless the govt acts quickly.

    It appears that Indian defence acquisition is at situation normal status.
     
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    ngatimozart Super Moderator Staff Member Verified Defense Pro

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    Three new committees have been formed to advise on Indian defence procurement reforms. This new initiative has drawn criticism from military officials and analysts, who state that all this will do is delay acquisitions already awaiting approval, that are urgently required. This appears to be just adding another bureaucratic layer to an ongoing reform process that is already overly long.
     
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    Some of the criticisms in the link apply to Canada as well. Totalitarian governments like China can modernize their militaries more effectively than democracies like India.

    From the article, " Experts suggest India could resolve some issues by appointing a single person in charge of the armed forces, or outline priorities in a national security doctrine". One would think that this is what a defence minister is for.:) Then again, we have had several defence ministers and none of them have accomplished much.
     
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