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Fixing India’s Broken Defence Acquisition System – Address the Fundamentals

Published Mar 05, 2020
Updated May 19, 2020

Adopting the Five fundamental Ps to address systemic challenges faced in defence acquisitions by India is necessary rather than only tweaking the procedures

Beleaguered with allegations of corruption for the past three decades plus, the latest one being the Rafale MMRCA combat fighter deal for 36 aircraft for the Indian Air Force, condemned by various parliamentary committee and audit reports over a period for gross omissions and oversights in procurement highlighted most recently in the Comptroller and Auditor General of India’s reports on procurement of Boeing P8i maritime surveillance aircraft, abused by foreign vendors who violate contracts and get away with non fulfilment of offset obligations and exploited by indigenous crony capitalists India’s Defence Acquisition System  seems to be in a continuous negative spiral of indecision, project delays, cost over runs and funding challenges.

This is surprising given that, India has competent chief executives or Prime Ministers starting from 2020 with Mr Atal Bihai Vajpayee to Dr

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