No DRDO labs or any DPSU adhere to their timelines. And why would they? Does MoD adhere to theirs? Is there any assurance even if they keep the timeline they will get the order on time? Have they even paid Rs 20,000 cr to HAL for products that they already delivered?Not Expecting ANY Timeline based on DAC!!!
The Timeline so far mentioned is ALL BASED on HAL statements!!! - we have 24 pages on this thread - please go through them and you have see that the latest been that FOC in 2021!!! - all one want is that HAL to keep to that schedule - is that too much to ask?
From DAC clearance to price negotiations it takes a minimum of 3-4 years!. So why the hurry?
As if services are any better!. They ask unicorns for indigenous systems and formulate donkey ASQR requirements when it comes to imports. (Under the rug there will be a vice-chief with kickbacks in his pocket). When the DRDO delivers unicorns (case in point, Arjun Mk2) where is the order?
All the stakeholders have the responsibility for having everything late. The process needs to be reformed from top to bottom. Blaming HAL for everything won't solve anything. They pulled off a successful project against many odds here. It should be appreciated.
DPSUs need to be incentivized for faster and economical deliveries. Like offering a bonus for every month of faster delivery from the stipulated timeline. US state department offered percentage cut to Lockheed for every million saved on the F-35 base fly-away cost of $102 mil. Now its $78 million.
Today, HAL workers are incentivized for late deliveries. They barely work for the first 9 months of the FY, so that they can get overtime pay at the later quarter to meet targets.