Sept 20, 2012
The message was clear. A friendly retort by Air Marshal RK Sharma, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff, at a conference on Energizing Indian Aerospace Industry co-organised by CII and Center for Air Power Studies expressing his delight that “HAL and the IAF were working together,” said it all.
|HAL and IAF -working together!|
The IAF is known to have expressed its frustration on the slow progress of its projects by HAL, Aerospace Diary has learnt. T Suvarnaraju, Director Design & Development, HAL said problems in the aerospace sector were “structural in nature and not related to ownership….One should also understand that aerospace sector is technologically sensitive and highly regulated by the government.” HAL, ofcourse, we believe, is associated with the government!
The mood at the conference was cautious though the evergreen Air Cmde Jasjit Singh, Director General, CAPS, responsible for the very concept of the conference, said that this was one of the best platforms for all the stakeholders to deliberate upon the aerospace industry related issues. The conference has covered various relevant themes during the past consecutive seven years.
Sharma said the IAF will spend INR 2 Lakh Crores (our international readers- forgive me for not translating!) on defense procurement during 12th and 13th Plan (next 10 years). He added $4 billion worth of contracts had already been signed. But one needs to ask, where are the offsets?