Admiral Joshi's firm support bailed out many desi defence projects

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    Tarmak007 -- A bold blog on Indian defence: Admiral Joshi's firm support bailed out many desi defence projects

    Bangalore: Admiral D K Joshi, who stepped down as the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) is sure to be missed by the R&D fraternity for the firm support he extended to some of the home-grown programmes. Terming him as a 'gentleman-officer, senior officials who spoke to Express, said that Joshi was always a huge supporter of India's research and development (R&D) efforts in the defence sector.
    The naval variant of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) which had ran into long delays owing to multiple manufacturing flaws, including a bulky undercarriage, is one programme Joshi backed right from his tenure as the Deputy CNS. An official monitoring the current progress of naval LCA project says that Joshi never lost his confidence in the programme, even when the entire naval establishment vented its ire over unprecedented delays. "Today, if the naval LCA project is back on track, Admiral Joshi needs to be given the credit. He did an excellent job and moderated the progress at the right time, ensuring the right pace. Even when the senior-most naval officers minced no words over the delays, Joshi stood ground and saw through the issues. This brought in an attitudinal change from the the Navy towards project," says the official.
    He said Joshi's calm approach had a positive impact on the project. "During all the review meetings, he told the naval LCA team that quality mattered and the delays were understandable. Considering that there were multiple agencies involved in the project, Joshi's backing came at a very crucial time," he said.
    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which often received flack from the Services for time and cost over-runs of various projects, saw a messiah in Joshi, who is said to have gone the extra mile, during various project reviews. "Not just Tejas, even for submarine and torpedo projects he was always on our side. He understood the R&D efforts and we always felt very comfortable to work with the Navy. He always wanted more prototypes for all projects and dealt very friendly when a serious issue came up. His participative nature was very heart-warming," says an official with the DRDO.
    While the Indian Navy traditionally backed India's home-grown efforts in R&D, it was very critical of the Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). While HAL made many modifications on ALH to meet the additional requirements, it failed to impress the Navy for a long time. "In the 5.5. tonne weight category, ALH demonstrated everything what was demanded from us. But the Navy wasn't happy which delayed its induction. Only after Admiral Joshi took charge, the Navy finally raised its first ALH squadron (INAS-322) in Kochi. His role is known to everyone who pushed for the ALH's case," says an HAL official.
    SBTF launch postponed: The dedication of Shore-Based Test Facility (SBTF) to nation, scheduled to be held at Naval Air Station INS Hansa in Goa on March 1, has been postponed. Sources said that the event is not cancelled, but postponed, owing to the developments following Joshi's resignation.
     
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    Question is why Mr. Sir DK joshi ?? why not dothi wearing brainless watch keeper of gandhi family St Antony:mad::frusty:
     
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    Lungi should have been fired since first few days of his tenure not now, he has already done his share of harm to defence.

    So its not in the last leg that he will be fired.
     
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    No Wonder Dhoti wanted the Navy chief out of the way .. home grown R&D less money for dhoti..
     
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    Lungiman has put only hurdles in the path of defence modernization at the cost of keeping his Mr. Clean image.

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    The man should consider that he is still young enough and certainly knowledgeable enough to get into politics
    like Gen VK SIngh...... Hopefully for the good of the system and not for personal gain. To help improve it and to
    avoid all the mismanagement which he he witnessed while in Office .

    Now's his chance to put his mouth where the money is, so to speak .

    He claimed to have resigned as a matter of honor, i have no reason to doubt that
    but what good will that do once he's gone ? He will still collect his pension and it wold be quite nice... a great life .

    If he really cares, he should now speak out .
    Let's see if he has the guts and enough patriotism to do so.
     
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    :lol: Problem is if he speaks out 100 CBI cases will be lodged against Mr.Joshi , Not all are like General VK Singh whom UPA target every day:thumb:
     
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    Subject: INS Sindhuratna...life expired batteries ( The Real Story)


    The ill-fated INS Sindhuratna, the Russian made Kilo class submarine,
    which took the lives of two officers, and cut short the tenure of
    Admiral DK Joshi in its wake, was commissioned on November 19, 1988.
    Before it was handed over to the Indian Navy the Russians sailed it
    for about a year on trials and weapons testing. So effectively the
    submarine has been in service for 26 years. When the Russians hand
    over a submarine they stipulate a service life of twelve years, and
    after a major refit, which entails of almost rebuilding the submarine
    from its outer skin to inner skin, and the incorporation of new
    weapons and navigation systems, the submarine has a stipulated service
    like of another ten years. But the Indian Navy squeezed out another
    two years of service. The active life of this submarine ended in
    December 2013.



    A Kilo class submarine is powered by 240 batteries, each weighing 800
    kgs. Each of these batteries has a service life of 200 fully charged
    to fully discharged cycles or exactly 4 years whichever comes first.
    The Sindhuratna's batteries used up their life cycle in December 2012.
    Since the Navy's underwater arm is now hugely depleted, the Navy had
    no recourse but to stretch the service life of these aged submarines.
    The Sindhuratna underwent a minor refit for the last four months and
    it was on its first sea trial or Task 2 sea examination before it
    could be re-inducted into active service. It was still fitted with the
    batteries whose service life had expired 15 months ago. The ship
    didn't get new batteries because the procurement was delayed by the
    MoD.



    These batteries are now made in India, by Chloride India and Standard
    Batteries and are procured at much higher than international prices.
    The reasons for this are easily understood. One is we need indigenous
    sources to be self reliant, and the other is the usual malaise that
    afflicts defence purchases. Lolly. The costs of these batteries too
    have gone up hugely in the past decade. A set of batteries takes two
    years to build and the Sindhuratna was not expected to get its new
    batteries till the end of 2014.



    To cut a long story short, a submarine that should have been cut up in
    a scrap yard was still sailing with batteries, which have long
    outlived their service life. I saw an admiral relate on TV just a few
    minutes ago about how he has seen batteries with electrolyte leaking
    and running on the floor, and how sailors were mopping it up.
    Yesterday, the INS Sindhuratna had on board, the Western Command's
    Commander of Submarines and the Chief of Safety. There was a good
    reason for this. They were there to personally check out if the
    submarine was indeed sea and battle worthy. It clearly was not, and
    two young officers paid with their lives.



    Who is responsible for this sad state of affairs? Clearly a MoD, which
    is incapable of sanctioning critical consumables like batteries in
    time or forever has to bear the burden. The file requiring the
    purchase of new batteries was under process for years with the MoD.
    The fleet is required to have a set of batteries as a reserve. The HDW
    designed Shishumar submarines use different batteries so the Fleet was
    supposed to have another set as a reserve. Let alone two reserves that
    they don't have, our submarines make do with expired batteries.



    AK Anthony knew all this. The Navy has brought it to his notice many
    times, with a monotonous regularity. He didn't get off his butt, busy
    as he was covering it. That's why he accepted the Navy Chiefs
    resignation with great alacrity. He didn't ponder over it, as is his
    well-known habit. He has managed to deflect attention. For now at
    least. He will now make a big show of cracking the whip, when it is he
    who needs a few lashes of the cat-o-nine-tails.
     
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    Moving Forward do any one think Gen VK Singh will be a Defence Minister? (Assuming BJP will win)
     
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