Failing to deliver

Print edition : May 03, 2013

Defence Minister A.K. Antony gets into the cockpit of an HAL Rudra helicopter while Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne looks on during Aero India 2013 at the Yelahanka Air Force station in Bangalore on February 6. HAL Rudra is an armed version of the Dhruv multirole/utility helicopter manufactured by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP

A Tejas Light Combat Aircraft takes off at its Initial Operational Clearance function in Bangalore on January 10, 2011. However, the clearance is now called a 'pre-IOC', and a proper IOC is probably a year away. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

India's first indigenous Light Combat Helicopter on its maiden flight at the HAL airport in Bangalore on May 23, 2010. Photo: PTI

Dr K. Tamilmani, Chief Executive, Centre for Military Airworthiness & Certification, and M.M. Pallam Raju, Union Minister of State for Defence, at a function in Hyderabad on November 26, 2011. Photo: P.V. SIVAKUMAR

India’s indigenous defence research and production capabilities have not kept pace with the country’s military requirements.
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