Failures in defence

No respite from indigenisation delays, maintenance woes

The Comptroller and Auditor General’s latest report on defence equipment raises fresh concerns about the two issues that have bedevilled India’s defence preparedness: the many slippages in indigenisation of defence hardware by government-owned establishments and the failure by the armed forces to maintain equipment properly. It is unconscionable that the Cochin Shipyard should now say that an aircraft carrier that it was to have readied by 2014 will not be fully decked out before 2023. This is of a piece with taking a decade to build a destroyer — which is the record of ...