[special correspondent chapter of Global Times] with the arrival of the first five Rafale fighters purchased by India from France recently, the Indian air force, which is worried about the tension between China and India, has finally “breathed a sigh of relief”. It has been noted that although India has drawn up a long list of weapons procurement for “dealing with China”, most of them are “in the mirror” – because it is an open secret that India’s weapons procurement is inefficient. India’s most military procurement plans will take 20 years to complete, and many projects are delayed for strange reasons, theprint website said on the 4th.
it is reported that the Rafale fighter procurement case began with the “medium-sized multi-purpose fighter” project proposed by the Indian Air Force in 1999. The initial requirement was to purchase 126 advanced fighters to replace the backward second-generation fighters such as MiG-21. After several twists and turns, the French Rafale fighter defeated the US and Russian fighters and won in 2011. Unfortunately, the good times did not last long. In 2015, India suddenly announced the cancellation of the whole plan and only bought 36 Rafale symbolically. However, the service of Rafale has solved the urgent needs of the Indian air force. In contrast, other military procurement projects are not so lucky. The Indian Air Force’s tanker procurement project has lasted 16 years, and the European Airbus A330 tanker has been bidding for three times, but there is still no progress, the US national interest website said on Wednesday.
according to the print website, India’s defense procurement plan has been greatly delayed due to lack of experience or consideration. India has deployed the Russian made T-90 main battle tank to “Ladakh area”, but the tank is a typical case of “not considering the national conditions”. As early as during the inspection period, the Russian side proposed to install air conditioning for the tank, but the Indian army refused to equip this “luxury”. The reality soon hit the face, in India’s high temperature baking, no air conditioning directly led to tank thermal imager overheating and continuous failure. Since then, the Indian army has refitted the tank for many times, wasting a lot of time. So far, the problem has not been completely solved.
as an important equipment to “contain the Chinese Navy from entering the Indian Ocean”, India’s domestic aircraft carrier has fully considered the national conditions, but did not expect that “the plan can not keep up with the changes”. Initially, the aircraft carrier was intended to be equipped with a light LCA fighter developed by India. Due to the small size of the LCA fighter, the carrier deck and the elevator to lift the fighter from the hangar to the flight deck are also designed to be very small. However, the development progress of LCA is seriously lagging behind. When looking for alternatives, the Indian Navy found that no similar Western aircraft could be used on such a super small elevator. At this time, the main project of the aircraft carrier is “done”, and no structural changes can be made. The Indian Navy can only “rush to the hospital” and look for various solutions, such as the use of folding wings for Rafale fighters, or the use of ultra precise positioning systems that can park “super Bumblebee” fighters on elevators.
the Indian army’s rifle procurement project has also been delayed for a long time due to the over idealized requirements. Since the 1990s, the Indian army has been forced to look for alternatives to the domestic “British SAS” rifles which began to serve in the 1990s. Originally, this was not a difficult task, but the relevant departments of India required that the new rifle could fire completely different ammunition, including the 5.56mm bullet of “yingsas” and the 7.62mm bullet of Russian AK-47. The project was terminated in 2015 because none of the weapons could meet these requirements.
according to the website of national interest of the United States, India’s cumbersome defense procurement procedures and exotic requirements, coupled with the unbalanced development of equipment, have resulted in the fact that many weapon platforms, though in service, do not have key weapon systems and cannot form combat effectiveness on time.
it is reported that over the years, the expensive warships of the Indian Navy have actually served in the absence of key equipment. For example, neither the advanced missile destroyer nor the special “kamerta” class anti submarine frigate is equipped with towed sonar. At present, Chinese submarines frequently enter the Indian Ocean. Towed sonar is very important to improve the anti submarine effectiveness of Indian Navy and expand the ability of underwater situation awareness.
Indian Air Force “Rudra” light armed helicopter is also “organic and bulletless”. These helicopters are currently equipped with only 20 mm aerial guns and 70 mm unguided rockets. Although at the beginning of their design, they were planned to have precision ground strike or air-to-air combat capabilities, but the Indian army did not equip them with corresponding weapons. The helicopter unit of Indian air force, known as “tank destroyer”, is unable to use domestic helicopters to destroy enemy tanks.
many of India’s weapons procurement programs are affected by corruption cases. Among them, army equipment, especially artillery, belongs to the disaster area. According to the print website, India signed a contract with Sweden’s Forbes company to purchase fh-77b towed howitzer in 1986, but the corruption scandal was later exposed. “Once bitten by a snake for ten years, the Indian army has not introduced new howitzers for the next 30 years. It was not until 2016 that India handed over the first batch of domestic “danushi” howitzers to the army for testing. The Indian Army artillery modernization plan clearly states that 1580 towed guns are required by March 2022, but the actual delivery rate of danushi is 4 per month.
in 2005, India blacklisted DENEL, a South African arms company, on the basis of bribery in the AMR project. However, DENEL was still cooperating with India to develop 155mm self-propelled howitzer, which entered the final review stage in 2004. A completely unrelated charge of corruption in rifle procurement forced DENEL out of the door. Ironically, due to a lack of evidence, all corruption charges against DENEL were dropped in 2013. However, it is too late, because the domestic self-propelled howitzer project has been terminated, the Indian army did not equip Korean self-propelled guns until 2018.
the Indian Navy has also been implicated in unrelated corruption cases. According to the report, in 2010, India launched a corruption investigation into the VIP helicopter contract of Agusta Westland in Italy, and the “black shark” torpedo purchased from France for the “sebastean” class submarines and the “black shark” torpedoes matched with the “sebastean” class submarines purchased from France suffered without any misdemeanor. With the cancellation of the black shark torpedo introduction program, the Indian Navy has no choice but to let its newest submarines patrol underwater using the few old torpedoes that served decades ago.
according to the national interest website, “in the face of China’s threat”, the Indian army still can only obtain a small amount of military equipment through “emergency procurement”. However, India’s domestic equipment lacks the manufacturing capacity of the core system, and the relevant departments unilaterally pursue the localization index, which not only hinders the improvement of the Indian army’s combat effectiveness, but also allows foreign arms manufacturers to make a lot of money. Trump posted that “children are immune to the new crown” was deleted from Facebook and twitter