Homo Communis Indus
- Dec 25, 2012
First of all, both the products you are referring to are not available. Whether you like it or not, the fact remains that Leonardo is blacklisted. And 112 won't be available for purchase for another 5-10 years.Appreciate your response. You might be right that c295 carry more troops than c27j, in the same way su-34 have a higher weapon's load than su-30mki. But IAF didn't go for su-34 and rightly so because multirole is more bang for the buck. That is why i am failing to see the logic behind IAF's arbitrary decision of keeping out c27j and il112v. And if this is not IAF's decision then why didn't they protest.
Regarding blacklisting of Leonardo, well my view is the whole policy of blacklisting is counter productive to indian interests, why not just hand out fines. And regarding il 112v crash, i think a crash during early development stage is a good thing.
Both blacklisting and recent crash doesn't explain IAF's lack of foresight and disregard for indian tax payers.
Second, IAF chose what they needed. They needed troop and pallet carrier, they chose it. IAF doesn't transport light vehicles by air (those which will fit in C27j). Neither is there any lack of foresight nor disregard for indian tax payers. An analogy: Trucks can carry people and materials, does that mean IA shouldn't acquire LSVs?