Procedures Stymieing IAF’s Capability Building

Performance Audit Report of the CAG on Capital Acquisition in IAF states,“There were severe delays at various stages of the acquisition process. Against three years envisaged in Defence Procurement Process, four cases took more than three years and seven cases took more than five years to reach the contract conclusion stage.

Delays in acquisition was essentially due to a complex and multi-level approval process, where objections could be raised at any stage. Overall the capital acquisition system, as it exists, is unlikely to effectively support the IAF in its operational preparedness and modernization”.

Today, Indian Air Force (IAF) is down to 30 squadrons against an authorisation of 42 and this number is going to go down further over next few years. IAF’s proposal to procure 126 Mirage 2000-5 was converted into multi-vendor 126 MMRCA as per extant procedures to increase vendor base and competition.  Read More

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