Poor Quality Spares, Negligence & Govt Apathy: Malfunctioning Weapon Systems Point to National Security Threat


Reported incidents of malfunctioning of several weapon systems of the Indian Air Force have triggered concerns over national security.

It started with the June 2018 incident when Akash Missile’s Transportation and Loading Vehicle (TLV) was jolted after a sudden burst of tube and the wheel bolts sheared off due to the impact when it was parked at an Air Force Squadron, the Firstpost reported.

Another fault was reported a month later as cracks had appeared on the air intake caps of dummy missiles.

The Firstpost investigation revealed that other squadrons also reported ‘frequent unserviceability of mobile surface-to-air Akash Missile system and long duration downtime’. This means that the missiles are dysfunctional and may not be cocked and loaded against enemy in contingency. Read More

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