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  • The Acquisition of Rafale Aircraft: Facts and Concerns That Ought To Be In the Public Domain

    The acrimonious debate in the public space on the acquisition of Rafale aircraft has been primarily focused on a few issues. The debate does not inform the public about the long, arduous and complex nature of the programme and the joint effort invested in it. The uniqueness of this programme is also not in the public domain. It does not specifically inform the lay person as to the rationale for restricting the numbers to two squadrons, and carries on oblivious of the collateral effect it may have on future acquisition programmes.

    Fallibility of the Fall Clause

    While the purpose of the Fall Clause, a price safety mechanism in rate contracts, is indubitable, some issues concerning its applicability and implications, both for the buyer and the seller, merit a review.

    May 08, 2019

    Mission Shakti: What Next?

    India needs a comprehensive space security architecture consisting of a dedicated Space Command for operational aspects as well as an exclusive Defence Space Research Agency to focus on scientific and technical aspects.

    April 09, 2019

    Making the offset policy work better

    A dynamic offset policy has to include a mechanism for identifying the causes for likely delay or default on the part of vendors in discharging their obligation and removing the impediments faced by them

    March 20, 2019

    Servicing Committed Liabilities: Kicking the Can down The Road Will Not Help

    Shortage of funds even to service the committed liabilities raises questions about the financial affordability of the defence modernisation programme and viability of the push for ‘Make-in-India’ in defence.

    March 14, 2019

    AK-203: A Boost for the Army and Make in India

    That the AK-203 would be produced in India with 100 per cent indigenous content in less than three years makes it a win-win deal for the Army and the Make in India initiative, with Ordnance Factory Korwa emerging as the biggest winner.

    March 11, 2019

    MMRCA Mess and the Need for Professionalism in the Defence Acquisition Process

    The CAG report relating to the Indian Air Force has highlighted various anomalies and the unprofessional manner in which defence acquisitions are handled.

    February 22, 2019

    Interim Defence Budget 2019-20

    The eight per cent hike in the interim defence budget 2019-20 is bound to further intensify the resource problem of the MoD, which is already battling a massive shortage of funds.

    February 04, 2019

    Defence Budget 2019-20: The Slide Continues

    Defence capability building and capability sustenance have been adversely affected over the past decade because of inadequate allocations and the status quo approach of the Defence Services.

    February 04, 2019

    Issues in Defence Costing

    It is important to pay greater attention to the system of costing followed by the MoD given that costing errors could result in the sanctioning of an unaffordable procurement programme, contract being awarded at a higher price, cost and time overruns, and default on contractual commitments.

    September 27, 2018

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