Is there any plan for budget cut for the IAF due to economic fallout? What platforms are being prioritized to be inducted or ordered? How will IAF base its demand between security and budget?
Pending the receipt of revised budget estimates, we are targeting a 20-25% savings in the revenue expenditure, as a first step. On capital expenditure, our highest priority lies with the contract for 83 LCA MK1A. Additionally, we are in the process of prioritizing our critical requirements, weapons and technologies like the air to air missiles, air to ground precision weapons, networking, data linking etc. We are working towards industry critical capabilities and minimizing the impact of budget constraints on modernisation.
Our quest for Atma Nirbhar Bharat in defence will not materialize if we just put ~ 6% of the defence budget to our sole DRDO while China puts about 15 to 20 % into their R&D. As a chief of IAF, how do you look at such fundamental flaws? What do you suggest as time has come to address such gaps?
Funding for DRDO R&D has been increasing yearly and is based on projections by DRDO itself. The DRDO plans its future R&D based on a Technology Development Roadmap worked out in consultation with the services and its own assessments.