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Nitin A. Gokhale

Nitin A. Gokhale

Nitin A. Gokhale is a media entrepreneur, strategic affairs analyst and author of more than half a dozen books on military history, insurgencies and wars.

One of South Asia’s leading strategic analysts, Gokhale started his career in journalism in 1983. In the past 36 years, he has led teams of journalists across print, broadcast and web platforms.

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Prakash
Prakash
2 months ago

I don’t know why everyone is taking a grim view of the “make in India” concept. If naval ships and fighter planes can be manufactured, then why not the helicopter ? I am sorry, but this appears to me, as if the article has been dictated by a foreign manufacturer, who does not want to encourage indian manufacturing of industrial products.

Raman Puri
Raman Puri
Reply to  Prakash
2 months ago

Agree with the above comment

Proud Indian
Proud Indian
Reply to  Prakash
2 months ago

Right

Arun
Arun
Reply to  Prakash
2 months ago

This is propoganda article…..just see their ad banners showcasimg F21……..

Anonymous
Anonymous
Reply to  Prakash
2 months ago

Sir, being intimately involved in design and development of these aircraft, I would submit that the views expressed above (though a little aggressive against HAL due to the choice of words) , are factually correct . The reason lies in the very remarkable differences in Naval helicopters vs the ones for army and IAF . space saving design, blade folding Require specific R and D and a navy specific design to be worked . This is simply not cost efficient for HAL due to the numbers navy needs typically . 16 ALH is the current demand . HAL offers a… Read more »

Gerard
Gerard
Reply to  Prakash
2 months ago

Very true

Staunch Indian
Staunch Indian
2 months ago

I absolutely agree with Prakash the article has a stench of external agencies.

Proud Indian
Proud Indian
2 months ago

Foreign defense agent

Sivaram swamy
Sivaram swamy
2 months ago

It is unfortunate that our bureaucrats have still not understood their duty. If the country suffers due to inadequate equipment blame will fall only on the politician.
No reform will work as long as we keep the bureaucrat in service.

Sivaram swamy
Sivaram swamy
2 months ago

Our bureaucracy must be impressed upon to understand their responsibility in matters of defence.

Prashant
Prashant
2 months ago

As a matter of fact.. When delayed delivery issue of HAL is concerned, HAL has changed , improvised and modified its concept of manufacturing and in turn working on 2nd line of manufacturing. When compared to 2018 to till date HAL is being appreciated by concerned authority for quality and on time delivery. Also in gaganshakthi live wire.
Hope HAL is well aware of competitiveness n well prepared in facing challenges with vast experience n young working force.

Sameer
Sameer
2 months ago

Nitin gokhale (ndtv) you are bound to make such noise if hal can make lca whats the big deal making copters if ever the have any technical issues they can always have technology partners or consultant…think they should use IITs for that

Raman Puri
Raman Puri
2 months ago

The idea of SP model has metamorphised over time as another essentially a Traditional Buy and Make schemè providing a backdoor entry to foreign OEMs where domestic capability amply exist

Manish
Manish
2 months ago

This article looks totally biased.When India has the capability to manufacture helicopters then why import and make other nations grow. HAL has ALH, LCH and LUH fully operational over years.. making small changes for naval varient is not a major task compared to manufacturing a new helicopter from scratch. It’s time to think about our nation as a whole.. Remember, the grass on the other side always looks greener!

PolarisPilot
PolarisPilot
2 months ago

What you are saying is true and much more. Those who haven’t been at the receiving end of the HAL stick have no idea of the guile and last-minute entry tactics of the PSUs who scuttle well-laid out plans and provide us with sub-standard or obsolete stuff. Have you noticed Ashok Leyland trucks with the logo Jabalpur Ordinance Factory? What is the big idea of taking SKD kits from and Indian Company that manufatures trucks for direct sale in India and then selling them as OFB products. Similarly, the Tatra trucks are still “manufactured” from knocked down kits. WIll you… Read more »

Pash desh
Pash desh
2 months ago

When no decision made from 2008 to date. How we can expect producing in couple of years. Absence ofwholehearted support and results are in front of us. At least take decision and follow it. Prove it right.

Sujeeth
Sujeeth
2 months ago

All the ones who say this is a biased report, just tell me how many think that the govt services are better compared to private ones. How many have travelled in AIR India and liked it compared to indigo or jet airways. You should know why HAL, a govt industrial organisation with industrial workers who don’t work at all is not competent enough to do a job. They started manufacturing the choppers in 2003 bidding the contract and still their production is yet to clear the flight trials and by now the advanced countries have moved ahead with next gen… Read more »

Nilabh aditya
Nilabh aditya
2 months ago

Wow, propaganda at its best…

GKS
GKS
2 months ago

We are obsessed with foreign item.If we will not try,we can never do any defence thing.

Admin
Admin
2 months ago

Commented upon by Gopal Sutar, Chief of Media Communications, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) . . . Article by Nitin Gokhale in Bharat Shakti dated 19 May 2020 titled “HAL entering Naval Utility Helicopters competition will erode Navy’s operational capability”   Certain factual inaccuracies, incorrect assumptions and unfounded allegations in the subject article are highlighted below and commented upon.   1. In para 1, it is stated that while the policy reform of up to 74% FDI in Defence manufacturing is a welcome step in the medium to long term, the proposals pending with the DAC (such as the NUH) have… Read more »

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SonOfIndia
SonOfIndia
Reply to  Admin
2 months ago

· One of the main features of SP Model is to induct critical technologies in the strategic manufacturing sector. Consequently, a Committee comprising HAL, DRDO, CEMILAC and MoD representatives was constituted to identify technologies required in the helicopter manufacturing sector that could be included as part of the SP Model for Naval Utility Helicopter. A total of 65 required technologies were identified for transfer into the country by the Committee as part of helicopter manufacturing which indicates the state of technologies with HAL on ALH. Even after 17 years of manufacturing ALH, almost 65 percent by cost of ALH is imported.… Read more »

kishore
kishore
Reply to  SonOfIndia
1 month ago

agree with u !

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