Wednesday, July 15, 2009


This is coolbert:

It is not just the Americans who are accused of having profligate and ill-conceived military budgets. Money spent unwisely and without proper and due consideration?

"Indian Army uses 10 million rupees of defence budget on golf carts"

"At first sight the deal looked honourable: Indian army chiefs claimed they had spent 10 million rupees (£127,000) on silent reconnaissance vehicles for missions beyond enemy lines."

"This week, however, it was revealed that they had bought 22 golf buggies, several of which were deployed to patrol the army’s Shivalik Golf Course in Chandigarh"

Items listed as stealth electric powered reconnaissance vehicles actually were golf carts. Used by the upper echelons of command for their round of golf? I was not aware that the game of golf was even played in India. Much less a popular game indulged in by the senior generals of the Indian Army!

Additionally, the Indian Army is also accused of poor procurement and unnecessary and unfounded purchase of questionable or unusable battlefield equipment? Including:

* "the army bought Dhruv helicopters that can fly to a height of only 5,000 metres (16,400ft) — well short of the 6,500 metres required to patrol the Himalayan battlefields."

* "Thousands of Russian-made heavy artillery shells that do not fire were bought"

* "the Northern Command, which oversees Kashmir, bought stretchers that were unsuitable for evacuating combat casualties"

The Dhruv helicopter is a totally indigenous Indian design! Very capable but not able to work in the altitudes of the high Himalaya! I would question IF ANY helicopter is able to work at such altitudes. Maybe can reach in excess of 20,000 feet, BUT NOT WHILE CARRYING ANY LOAD!! Traditionally, helicopters are assigned in the U.S. military a flight envelope 3,000 feet above-ground-level and that is that!!

"The Helicopter Division of the government-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has developed the Dhruv (Pole Star) advanced light helicopter (ALH) . . . multi-role and multi-mission helicopter for army, air force, navy, coast guard and civil operations for both utility and attack roles by day and night."


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