Well friend, I am extremely greatful 2 U for this useful post. It contains the type of info which an ordinary citizen in our country can only dream 2 get on the fire arms and the Army and their policies. Sites like Wiki only provide the basic info on such topics and leave the reader in ambiguity. I've been searching for something like this for the last 4 years.
Now comming to the point, I always knew that the insas was no match for other state of the art weapons such as the AK, M16, G36 etc. but I had no idea that it was so much crappy.
I visit the DEFENCE.PK forums regularly and some armymen (presently serving and retired) have also pointed out that the barrel of the INSAS rifle overheats on continous fire, Magzine Breaks (as Pointed by you) and the gun's hitting power is nowhere near that of the AK(although the AK does have a bigger 7.62mm round)
Also there is the problem of oil leak in the INSAS.
Wiki also pointed out that during the Kargil Conflict these guns regularly jammed and also the safty switch constantly broke.
Also the army loaths this gun for its noise during firing. The Nepalese army even asked the Indian govt. to Cancel the order of these rifles after experiencing the inferior quality of the INSAS.
Now the most important part:
THIS ONE IS ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WHO WROTE ABOUT BEING UNPATRIOTIC ETC.
First of all I would like to tell you guys that knowing about the inferior quality of arms that our security forces use/produced in our country and based on that passing a HONEST judgement is nothing unpatriotic.
To me it shows the man's concern for the wellbeing of the men at arms and contempt for those resposible for approving such weapons for use.
Honestly, I have began to accept the fact that maybe we (INDIANS) are not suitable to build state of the art weapons.
Instead of being angry just face the truth.
I would also like to apprise you guys about the other defence blunders :
1. Even thoug some of my countrymen like to think that the next conflict eith PAKISTAN would be a swift operation but fats from the latest standoff speak otherwise. During 2002 when operation PARAKRAM was launched by India to prepare for a full scale war with Pakistan (which didn't take place), apart fom the obvious delays in deploying of the forces, some other intersting things happened:
a. The 30% of 5.56mm ammo with the army then, when tested did not fire also the Locally made ammo for the T72s ,which formed the backbone of our armoured columns, refused to fire(Source is an article in the TOI).
b. The ammo which is locally made for the T90s tanks is not compatible with the LRF on-board
MUST READ also the corrupion involved in it.Source ajaishuklablogspot.com
Lastly I will point out the obvious( as apparent to anyone who has read the above blog with a certain degree of abservation) that the engineers and Designers recruited by the Govt. in these OFBs do nothing but COPY the already exising designs and are not even good at that. They usually try to Take the best out of the existing designs and "assemble" them together and the end product U get is a DUD. Also the Govt doesn't want to allow private sector in this field for reasons known only to them.
You take the example of the INSAS rifle(apparent from the above blog)
Arjun tank(The basic designing of the tank was Done by a German Engineer who made the Lepord tank, and thus the arjun looks the same as the lepord on first sight.
Our 'GENIUSES' at the DRDO haven't even changed the design(externally) in 36 years)
The fighter named MARUT(Again designed by the German Engineer Kurt Tank)
The Hal Dhruv(90% parts of dhruv are Imported)
The IFV abhay(God Knows what happened to it?) seems like an amalgamation of the Bradley and the BMP with a british WW2 40mm Cannon(Look Carefully)
The LCH looks like an unsuccessful copy of the COMANCHE.
As far as patriotism is concerned, believe me none of you have ever thought about the country, its difficulties and their solutions more than I have.
I love the nation, I respect its armed forces but I hate the PIOUS MORONS that live in it.
I hate the government for its policies and its lineancy in implementing the laws, the people for being indifferent towards the problems of the nations and above all the LAWMAKERS who are not even worthy of being called humans(corrupt Burocrats and Netas)
I loathe the people of India(Most of them) because for trivial issues like RELIGION(by the way I'm an atheist) you'll see them marching on the streets, killing, rioting and doing all sorts of barbarric stuff but when it comes to the major problems of Corruption, Unjust Policies of the Govt. (like payhike for the ministers, rise of prices when they can be easily controlled, Mumbai crisis, Quota etc) they choose to sit in their homes acting as if nothig happened.
Last word is that I would love to see an indian army using the INSAS(as was originally intended) as its main rifle, the arjun as its MBT, Lch as a close support gunship, Abhay replacing the Bmp etc BUT IN MY LIFETIME AND NOT IN THEIR CURRENT FORM.
AND TO ANYONE FROM THE DRDO OR THE DEFENCE MINISTRY RELATED INDISTRY, IF YOU CANT DELIVER QUIT
HIRE PEOPLE ON THE BASIS OF THEIR TALLENT AND NOT ON THE MARKS SCORED IN THE ENTERANCE TEST, REMOVE BANS IMPLEMENTED ON THE PUBLIC, MORE THAN ONCE IN HISTORY HAS A CIVILIAN OUTCLASSED THE EXPERTS.
I AM VERY PASSONATE ABOUT GUNS AND AM ALSO A LAW ABIDING CITIZEN THUS EVEN THOUGH I WANTED TO MAKE WEAPONS(WHICH I AM FULLY CAPABLE OF) CAN NEVER DO NEITHER COULD THE OTHERS.
THINK ABOUT WHAT I SAID AND DO LEAVE A REPLY