Indian auditor admitted MLRS Smerch unreliable (Janes Missiles Rockets, India)

Indian auditor admitted MLRS "Smerch" unreliable (Jane's Missiles & Rockets, Индия)

The total amount of 2-contracts (U.S. $ 562.38 million) were fighting, freight loader, command post vehicles, machinery and maintenance of meteorological support, and spare parts and missiles of various ranges.

Deliveries of the first contract began in 2007 and was finished in 2008 — 09. Technique, commissioned by the second contract was set to May 2009 except for a small number of shells.

MLRS Delivery of the first entered service 3 regiments of the Indian Army in July 2007 when one of the regiments of the tests conducted on the strength of systems in the process of yearly shooting in October and November 2008, were discovered severe failure in the system of self-orienting girokursokrenoukazaniya in the management of fire fighting machine.

During the test MLRS "Smerch-M", held in the summer of 2002 before the conclusion of the contract in 2005, it was stated requirement of the electrical components of the system — the ability to operate at temperatures of 40 — 50 º C. The highest temperature measured during the tests — 36 º C. For this reason, Indian General Staff insisted on additional health checks Russian electronics required temperature criteria.

Seven of the 13 systems girokursokrenoukazaniya denied during the test. Since any system worth 5,000,000 rupees (106.8 million dollars), and it affects the accuracy MLRS, the vendor claims were filed. Russian side, in turn, offered to install the cooling system at the expense of the buyer.

Data transmission equipment installed on all machines belonging to MLRS, for encrypted communication, also proved to be unreliable. According to the report of the inspector of money, there have been 11 complete or partial failures because of the "failure of internal components."

The equipment manufacturer has agreed to make the configuration of the production process and improve delivered systems, but the technical committee of the Indian Army, along with the Indian Institute of Technology has launched a project to divide the development of another system that can be applied in case of repeated failures Russian equipment.

The report draws attention to the fact that the amount stated on the contract of spare parts for the aforementioned systems have shown themselves poor, "very limited … a four-year operation." At the current level of defects that would last only one year after the end of the 18-month manufacturer's warranty. From the manufacturer is now expected to fill the shortage of spare parts.

Such a discrepancy is found and the radio stations R-171M, which have a limited range of actions and a more pronounced tendency to breakdown in comparison with analogues. Repairs carried out with the introduction of available spare parts, but the diagnosis of system failures communication control command and staff vehicle was not feasible due to lack of instructions for repair. We were requested by the equipment manufacturer the necessary spare parts and repair annotations in a very rather short period of time.

During the warranty period was recorded as two out hydropneumatic lifting and balancing mechanism for combat vehicle. Supplier proposed to change the defective parts of the set of spare parts, which lacked exactly this repair, and while the details are not modified.

Indian auditor admitted MLRS "Smerch" unreliable (Jane's Missiles & Rockets, Индия)

The report expressed concern that the failure of hydropneumatic devices pose to India "in the severe dependence on the supplier." The Ministry of Defence of India, in turn, announced in November 2009 that the technology provider has already ordered all the required details in a very rather short period of time.

The report criticized the treaty event from step pre-delivery inspection technology, is only intended to provide a manufacturer certificate properties, issued by the manufacturer: "This approach first determines the proposed technique as a supplier rather benign and reliable. The calculation of the properties on the control of the supplier without reservation in the contract, the seller should determine the risk of increasing import systems that are prone to failure and is contrary to the interests of the buyer. "

Operation MLRS "Twister" in India is also accompanied by difficulties since it was bought necessary ancillary equipment such as conveyors of ammunition superior patency, global positioning systems and machines for the evacuation of the heavy equipment. A prerequisite for this was the lack of authorization for these previously planned purchases.

The report also notes that special warehouse, which had to be kept MLRS "Tornado" has put forward the requirement that the equipment was to be received no later than September 2006 requirement was not met and as a result of non-compliance criteria necessary storage during transport in 2009 were damaged by four missiles. Losses amounted to 2.36 million Indian rupees (50.4 million dollars).

The Ministry of Defense Auditor urges that the authorization for the purchase of necessary equipment is in a stage of "language" and that MLRS "Smerch" are understaffed all fit, as it is approved.

Comments of "Rosoboronexport" on the report of the auditor of Indian Jane's could be obtained.

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