India’s fervor for self-sufficiency in the defense sector has been matched so far only by its inability to deliver fully on this aspiration. The path is marked with failed—or ineffective—programs, while others stretch decades beyond their original development and delivery schedules. India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), a bellwether project, was first foreseen as entering service in the 1990s but has yet to take its place in the Indian air force inventory. For Western ...


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