Wrote out my frustration. When it comes to national defense, I see complete collapse in decision making. First it was sacrificing LCA Tejas and Arjun MBTs for importing foreign equipment ( note rafales and T90). Now even with imports there is cluelessness. The air force wants 126 rafales. The govt first said it will only allow 18 to be imported in fly away condition and the rest will have to be assembled in India. New govt came. Air force said its squadrons are depleting of fighter assets and pleaded for rafales asap. PM announces India will buy 36 rafales through a govt to govt contract. It's one year since and no news on what's going on. The ever dragging negotiations on the FGFA program is also another matter of concern. With the air force having more than half of its fighter fleet obsolete and nearing end of their lifespans, the 108 or 144 numbers of fifth gen fighter this project promises should have been an welcome news. But it seems that the air force is not ready for some reason and a deal is not going to be signed in foreseeable future. Now a good news came out stating that India will buy five S400 air defense systems from Russia and a official announcement will be made during PMs summit with Putin. But nothing was said in this regard. The S400 systems would have helped relieve some fighters to offensive role. As for the matter these are few of the most advanced and potent air defense systems in the world now. China recently signed a deal to buy 6 such systems to safeguard its assets against any potential aerial threats in Eastern theater. Now that we have decommissioned INS Godavari, we are currently left with 14 frigates. Also with the slow pace of progress in the scorpenes project, our submarine force stands at 14 boats. There are two projects that are yet to start. The project 17A for 7 frigates and project 75I for 6 submarines. The project 17A is expected to start in 2017 and the first ship is expected to be commissioned in 2023. With two more frigates scheduled to be decommissioned in near future, the navy which aspires to be a blue water navy should do with 12 frigates until the first project 17A ship is commissioned. This means limited number of carrier battle group escorts when the new aircraft carrier is commissioned in 2020. Only thing to smile is the frigates that will be in service by 2020 are all built after 2000. With the submarines. By the time the project 75I keel is laid, our force will be outmatched against even Pakistan. Not to mention about the small number of MRH and ASW helicopters that the navy operates. There are even many things that are not going good for the armed forces. The plan to equip soldiers with modern protective gears still has not materialized even after 8 years since it was announced. Our soldiers are forced to fight with limited defensive armour in face of increasing sophistication of the enemies offensive capabilities. Well there is an immense hope vested on this govt. Hope they deliver. I'm frustrated.