Reasons behind Delays in Indian aerospace programs

Following are 5 indian aeronautical and aerospace projects that are delayed in time and exceeded estimated cost.

1. Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Phase-II
2. Naval Light Combat Aircraft (LCA, Navy), Phase-I
3. Aero-engine Kaveri
4. Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) System
5. Long Range Surface- to-Air Missile (LR- SAM)

The following are some of the reasons for delay in completion of the above projects:-
(i) Ab-initio development of the state-of-the-art technologies.
(ii) Technical/technological complexities.
(iii) Non-availability of infrastructure/test facility in the country.
(iv) Non-availability of critical components/equipment/materials and denial of technologies by the technologically advanced countries.
(v) Enhanced user’s requirements or change in specifications during development.
(vi) Increase in the scope of work.
(vii) Non-availability of trained/skilled manpower.
(viii) Extended/long-drawn user trials.
(ix) Failure of some of the components during testing.
(x) Technology Denial Regimes.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Dr. K.P. Ramalingam and Shri Upendra Kushwaha in Rajya Sabha today.


The reasons 3,5,6 and 8 are almost as if Mr. A K Anthony is talking about my teams projects. šŸ˜‰

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