It is not just the purchase of 36 Rafale jets from France, defence acquisition has always been an issue that invokes deep public interest.
The issues of proper process, due diligence, need assessment, user requirement specifications, and the numbers required have all been freely debated. The nuances, however, differ, depending on who is debating the issues.
There are all sorts of allegations flying around as to why the initially proposed acquisition of 126 jets was pared down to 36.
Allegedly, the Joint Secretary in charge of the Air Acquisition Wing had raised a note of dissent on the grounds that the benchmark price for 36 jets was higher than that for the 126 jets, and the objection was overruled by the Director General (acquisition).
The offset story has been doing the rounds, as has the controversial offset partner chosen by Dassault. Read More