- Mar 25, 2016
Nothing is final. The judgement is based on current scenario. You are the one making rosy prediction based on what I don't know.>Implying that giving final judgement that we can't make drones is truth
based on lack of knowledge, ignorance or whatever.
I don't know what you are on about. You are comparing apples and oranges, rustom - 1 was working years ago, neither IAF nor GOI backed those projects. You must be kidding if you are saying that India doesn't have the capability when college dropouts can make better meme drones, when rustom - 1 which flown in 2009 was a capable platform, it was no different that turkish Bayraktar Tb2, almost same and if our armies and government-backed the project then it would have been way superior system.
It was never about 'we can't' it was always about the 'intent'. Likes of turkey invested in their project and we didn't but now things have changed.
I don't see any reason to be such pessimism considering we already are more or on less on track with likes of SWIFT, Cats warrior system as said by HVT.
Until recently no one seemed serious bout drones and that's why we didn't see any much investment but things are changing, from IA to IAF, their chiefs have stated it time and time again and presence and work of speed up SWIFT, Ghatak, Cats warrior shows that we are in moving in right direction.
> a start up in defence is one of the worst decisision
Absolute cope, based on what? If the product is good that it doesn't matter if it comes from some established company or a startup.
I gave example of Ideaforge because a private company will always try to maximize and they run on incentives and that deal was a right thing to do. Even if it was some meme amount of money.
As for you frequently quoting Rustom, no one here knows for sure how much the project has progressed. It can fly all right. Did it meet its specs? Was it's software matured? What did IA want. What did DRDO deliver. Nit everything that flies are mil ready. Even if everything is good, and if the product is not manufacturable (DFM is a separate topic) it can be rejected too. People are taking about design issues in Rustom 2.
Thirdly I am blaming the govt as well. This govt.is very very big on talk reg acquisition. Funds are going down every year. The govt has to be on top of stuff and not reactive. It was embarassing when we went for shopping for want of enough.A2A missiles after Balakot.
My friend has an start up which works in testing and validation systems. He has worked on defence project and products which I can't share. But he has never won one project by himself. There is a rule that a single company can't do more than 2-3 projects at the same time. So that company helps him win 4th or 5th project, but independently the cartel Wont let him win. If you are a start-up offering something what has GoI ordered? Idea forge orders was forced.