Rs 3-cr flares for IAF jets turn useless

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  1. Blackwater

    Blackwater Veteran Member Veteran Member

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    Infra-red flares worth over Rs 3 crore procured for IAF fighter aircraft were rendered useless as their shelf life expired while still in storage on account of slow pace of the project to upgrade MiG-21 Bison.

    The issue has also revealed contradictory reasons forwarded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Air Headquarters over the IAF’s inability to utilise the flares that were procured from overseas between 1997 and 2002.

    In January this year, the IAF accepted that 19,450 flares were destroyed after expiry of their shelf life due to delays in the project. The Air HQs also suggested life-extension clearance on some of the flares still in its inventory.

    The MoD stand, on the other hand was that the holding of the flares was necessary due to the prevailing security scenario. Further, the ministry maintained that flares were kept in stock and not released to combat units, as their operational requirement did not arise till 2009.

    Of the 20,000 flares procured, only 390 were used during the design and development phase of the Bison and subsequent trials and testing. The remaining were rendered useless in 2009.

    In March 1996, the MoD had concluded a contract for procurement of a Counter Measure Dispensing System (CMDS) that protects aircraft against radar-guided and heat-seeking missiles. The flares form a part of this system and are used to deflect heat-seeking missiles.

    The requirement and procurement of the system was projected and undertaken in consonance with the upgrade of 125 Bison aircraft that was originally scheduled to begin in 1998 and conclude in 2001.

    Additional requirement was projected for installing the CMDS on the MiG-23 as well as the MiG-27 aircraft.

    It was initially planned to utilise the entire stock of the flares by 2002. The project, however, progressed slowly due to delay in the indigenous development of certain avionic systems and flight testing. The upgrade was finally complete in 2008
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    The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Nation
     
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  3. agentperry

    agentperry Senior Member Senior Member

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    poor migs... humiliation with slow death and lost glory. all the bad things fell on them at once and they cant hold it. its better to steadily retire them instead of upgrading them as even after upgrading them there wont be any significant advantage for IAF. just to maintain numbers migs are being kept.

    also i think hal should be bifurcated or trifurcated so as to have separate maintenance and upgradation company, manufacturing/production company and R&D company for indigenous efforts and system integration, so that the burden on it can reduce and more vigilance and efficiency can be bought in to HAL.
     
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    Should have at-least used in airshows extensively, rather than wait for their expiry...

    Bad inventory management.
     
  5. JayATL

    JayATL Senior Member Senior Member

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    You have to understand that things are not omnipotent, that such screws up are a part of the learning process. that in the US many such screws up and bad projects happen even today costing close to billions in our defense dept. the takeaway should be that it is transparent and you have the office of comptroller that exists as checks and balances...
     
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    nitesh Mob Control Manager Stars and Ambassadors

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    I don't understand the logic, flares are important life saver like fire extinguisher, we have to refill the fire extinguisher after some time without using it? Does that mean we are wasting money on that?
     
  7. SATISH

    SATISH DFI Technocrat Stars and Ambassadors

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    Look niteshji....all these happen in every airforce....see now the F 22s seem to be grounded because there are toxins found in the pilot's blood..the chaff and flare units of the Luftwaffe also had expired before they were fitted. So it does happen, even thought this is not an excuse but some things cant be helped.
     
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    nitesh Mob Control Manager Stars and Ambassadors

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    We are on the same side, sometimes criticizing for the sake of it becomes boring
     
  9. death.by.chocolate

    death.by.chocolate Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    How much is Rupee 3 crore in USD?
     
  10. KS

    KS Bye bye DFI Veteran Member

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    1 million USD comes to around 4.6 crores INR.

    So approx its 650,000 USD
     
  11. ace009

    ace009 Freakin' Fighter fan Elite Member

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    Compared to most of India's recent defense expenditure, this is a minor loss - acceptable if we learn something from this and IAF can change it's processes for better.
     

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