Another valuable reaction to my sub production piece, with a quite different perspective, from the former Navy chief, Admiral Arun Prakash
Timely piece, but a couple of points for consideration.
One of the problems with the Russians is that they
have done ZERO HAND HOLDING so far; only cash & carry at increasingly exorbitant
prices. Product-support abysmal.
Defence PSUs have ‘built’ 800+ MiG-21s and a couple of thousand RD-11/13s ;
but for an upgrade we had to go back to Moscow/Tel Aviv. The same for T-72s.
They have steadfastly refused to part with the ram-jet technology of the ‘joint’
In an interview, when queried about ToT, Komardin of ROSOBERON told the journalist,
‘your people don’t seem interested in it’. Possibly true, but…………
About the subs. Our boys have learnt very little about design normatives because the
blueprints have (and will) all come from Russia. The Rubin design bureau
employs thousands of naval architects, who have centuries of design experience under
the belt while we have a few dozen; and confidence levels are low, because they haven’t
been allowed to design one yet.
Finally, just as Gorshkov nearly killed the indigenous carrier programme,
a second leased SSN may smother all chances of a truly indigenous ATV emerging
by diverting funds and manpower.
It (leased SSN) plays no role in strategic deterrence, and a limited one for training.
Then there will always be unstated/lingering doubts about:
(a) its employability in combat (who pays for damage or loss?) and
(b) possibility of on-board weapons being disabled remotely through embedded
software. Let us build our own – no matter how long it takes for DAE to design
Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd)